May 17. 2013

Indiana Tech Begins Construction of Academic Center

Fort Wayne, Ind.—Indiana Tech leaders shared a vision for the “crown jewel” of the campus at a groundbreaking ceremony today for the university’s new academic center.

“We’re here to celebrate the kick-off to construction of a new academic center, which will be the crown jewel of our campus and the center of academic life for our growing student body,” President Arthur E. Snyder said in welcoming the crowd to the ceremony.

The $15.7 million building will include:

  • An academic wing with classrooms, labs, faculty offices, and study spaces for Indiana Tech’s growing College of General Studies (which includes the Center for Criminal Sciences and School of Education)
  • A library wing with an enhanced and enlarged space for McMillen Library, designed for the digital information age
  • A multi-flex auditorium and theater allowing the university to expand its cultural offerings for students and community members
  • The Ravi and Eleanor Talwar Leadership Center to support development of leadership skills among students (Ravi Talwar earned a mechanical engineering degree from Indiana Tech in 1965)
  • An art gallery to display the work of local, regional and national artists

Deputy Mayor Mark Becker praised Indiana Tech’s contribution to the Fort Wayne community, noting that the library and other facilities in the new academic center will be open to the community and visitors.

Construction on the 63,000-square-foot project begins Monday, May 20, and is scheduled to be completed in August 2014.

“I’m very excited to see this building rise,” Snyder said, “but more than that I am proud of all the work that has gone into making this building a necessity.”

Indiana Tech’s traditional enrollment at the Fort Wayne campus has grown from about 600 in 2004 to more than 1,100 this year, with an additional 750 adult learners attending evening and weekend classes. Total enrollment at all Indiana Tech campuses and online is about 5,000.

 

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