INDIANAPOLIS | The State Budget Committee gave the go-ahead Wednesday for a $45 million project to rebuild Tamarack Hall on the Indiana University Northwest campus in Gary.
The planned 106,065-square-foot building will be shared by IU Northwest and the Northwest campus of Ivy Tech Community College in a unique arrangement intended to encourage Ivy Tech students to finish their bachelor's degrees at IU Northwest.
The details of how space in the 35th and Broadway building will be allocated are being worked out, but sharing the space will cost less than erecting separate buildings at the nearby IU Northwest and Ivy Tech campuses, said Tom Morrison, IU vice president for capital projects and facilities.
"We think it's an exciting partnership," Morrison said.
State lawmakers in 2009 approved $53 million for IUN and Ivy Tech classroom buildings in Gary. That money was put on hold when state revenue cratered during the Great Recession. The plan for both institutions to share Tamarack Hall will save the state $8 million.
The project was unanimously approved by state Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, and the four other members of the State Budget Committee.
All state construction projects worth more than $100,000 must receive budget committee approval before work can begin.
The original Tamarack Hall, the only building at IUN through its first decade, was demolished in January 2012, after being ruined in the devastating September 2008 region flood.