Entering a new era

Ivy Tech breaks ground
on classroom addition for
growing Madison campus

The school already has outgrown its current facility

By Don Ward

(May 2006) – The Ivy Tech Community College family celebrated a milestone April 27 with the groundbreaking of its new building at the Madison, Ind., campus. More than 200 people and several dignitaries took part in the celebration, which kicked off a $19.7 million expansion project that will add an 80,000-square-foot building and renovate the existing 22,000-square foot building facing Clifty Drive.

Officials Breaking Ivy Tech Ground

Photo by Don Ward

Officials taking part in the April 27
Ivy Tech Community College
groundbreaking ceremony in Madison are
(from left) Madison campus dean
Don Heiderman, Ivy Tech President
Gerald Lamkin, Madison Mayor
Al Huntington and Ivy Tech Region
5 Chancellor Jim Helms.

The expansion, when completed in November 2007, will increase student classroom capacity from 500 to 2,500, officials said. Ivy Tech's spring 2006 enrollment topped 1,000 students. For several years, classroom space has been made available at the Venture Out Business Center to accommodate the campus' growth.
"Ivy Tech made a commitment to Madison in 2000, and the city of Madison has made it possible for this successful capital campaign. It just shows the level of commitment by this community to this much-needed expansion," said Ivy Tech Region 5 Chancellor Jim Helms.
"And this comes at a time when Ivy Tech Community College has set forth a statewide strategic plan for excellence, which will add programs and degrees at many of our campuses."
Today's Ivy Tech system includes about 100,000 students at 23 campuses statewide plus several other locations where courses are taught, Helms said.
Helms joined several speakers at the podium to praise the fund-raising effort that produced $1.2 million to be used for technology that will go into the new building. That effort was co-chaired by Madison Mayor Al Huntington and River Valley Financial Bank CEO Matt Forrester.
Huntington, Ivy Tech President Gerald Lamkin, Ivy Tech Southeast Regional Board of Trustees chair Gary Moeller and Madison campus executive dean Don Heiderman each took turns at the podium to celebrate the occasion. They were joined by State Rep. Billy Bright, R-North Vernon, and State Sen. Jim Lewis, D-Charlestown. Afterward, the group posed for photos in a groundbreaking ceremony.
"It takes lot to make something like this happen – a lot of hope, drive and determination to not give up," said Huntington, who made several trips to Indianapolis to help lobby the state Legislature on behalf of the expansion funding.
"I've always said Ivy Tech is Madison's college, and pretty soon, graduates will be able to drive by here and say proudly, 'That's where I went to college."

Ivy Tech Rendition

Photo provided

The future addition will increase student
capacity from 500 to 2,500, officials say.

Huntington noted that the college helps the community in areas of workforce development, recruiting and attracting new industry. Moeller said the success of the project reflected "great vision, strong leadership and incredible teamwork." He praised Lamkin for "understanding the vision of the needs down here (in southern Indiana)."
Heiderman recounted how that in August 2000 when he took over as dean, college officials tried to obtain $3.5 million to build a 19,700-square-foot connector to a second classroom building that has since been torn down because of an environmental problem. The effort failed to garner enough architectural and engineering money to even get started.
"Now today here we are getting ready to build a new 80,000-square-foot building for the second-most crowded (Ivy Tech) campus in the state," he said.
The renovation to the existing building, first occupied in November 1983, will help make it look like it was constructed at the same time as the new one, Heiderman said.
Architectural plans for the expansion were done by The Estopinal Group of Jeffersonville, Ind., and Hastings and Chivetta of St. Louis, Mo. Construction will be managed by Geupel Demars Hagerman of Indianapolis.

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