together with Ivy Tech Community College, received IU Board of Trustees
approval on Friday, June 20, to proceed with the design of a new shared
facility in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, to be constructed
in Gary on the corner of Broadway and 35th Street.
133,500 square-foot Arts and Sciences building will house multiple programs,
including IU Northwest fine and performing arts programs, Ivy Tech science
programs, as well as shared classrooms and informal study spaces.
For IU Northwest, a
cornerstone of the building will be a 500-seat performing arts venue and a
smaller "black box" theater. Ivy Tech's plans include developing a "one-stop
shop" for enrollment and admission services. IU Northwest will occupy about
half of the building, Ivy Tech will occupy about 30 percent. Shared
classrooms, focus/breakout spaces and informal study spaces will be included
in the remainder.
Last July, the
Indiana State Budget Committee appropriated $45 million to IU for the
project. With the IU Board of Trustees' official design approval, the next
step is to refine design, create construction documents and gather bids for
construction. The building is anticipated to open in 2017.
The building will
span most of a city block, making it a significant construction project, and
signature building for the city of Gary and Northwest Indiana.
Chancellor William J. Lowe said that, in addition to expanding the academic
capacity for both the IU Northwest and Ivy Tech campuses, the venture will
contribute substantively to the redevelopment goals of Gary, focusing on
investment along Broadway. The building, central to the planning for the
City of Gary's University Park Plan, will serve as a cornerstone for area
facility will be central to student, campus and community activity with its
location adjacent to the IU Northwest campus, and just a few blocks from the
Ivy Tech-Northwest campus," Lowe said. "The building will be an asset to the
two institutions, the Gary community, and the entire Northwest Indiana
A joint facility
also will improve the transition of students between the two institutions as
they seek to complete their associate's or bachelor's degrees, Lowe said,
further strengthening the degree pathway from Ivy Tech to IU Northwest.
For Ivy Tech
specifically, students will benefit from new science labs, computer labs and
instructional spaces. Most of the courses taught will focus on liberal arts
and sciences and credit will be transferable to IU Northwest.
"The new Arts and
Science building represents a rare opportunity for two higher educational
institutions to come together to design and build a facility that will
deliver quality student learning experiences. This type of partnership
focused on student success is what the community expects," said Thomas
Coley, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College's Northwest and North
Central Regions. "This building is about providing our students with 21st
century learning experiences and support with such services as Express
Enrollment and an academic support Learning Commons, where students engage
with each other, faculty and staff. We are excited about the partnership and
look forward to celebrating with IU Northwest the successful completion of
the building for the benefit of our students and the communities we serve."
The facility will
likely include academic and administration space for the IU Northwest
Departments of Communication; Fine Arts; History, Philosophy, Political
Science, and Religious Studies; Minority Studies; Performing Arts; and
Sociology and Anthropology, as well as academic and administrative space for
Ivy Tech Community College-Northwest, with broad course offerings in liberal
arts and sciences supporting the University and Transfer Division.
Architect's Office has been working directly with Moody Nolan on the