INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College officials and Representative Andre Carson today announced that the 229,000 square foot, four-story multimodal parking facility currently being constructed on the Indianapolis campus will be named after the late Julia Carson. Julia Carson was instrumental in assisting Ivy Tech with obtaining the Federal grant money to complete the project.
The Julia M. Carson Learning Resource Center is being constructed between 27th and 28th streets, east of Illinois and will add much-needed parking and programming space to the growing downtown campus. In addition to a 500-space parking garage, the facility will house the campus library, tutoring services, and an open computer lab and a community room on the first floor. An IndyGo transit stop will be located on the Illinois Street side of the building. The College is also in discussion with the city to incorporate a bike lane as the city extends its cycling program north of downtown.
“We are appreciative of the support that we have received from local and state leaders, as well as from the community as we continue to grow to meet the needs of central Indiana,” said Dr. Kathleen Lee, interim chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College – Central Indiana. “Our campus has seen tremendous growth over the past couple of years and the trend shows no sign of slowing down. The construction of the Julia M. Carson Learning Resource Center is an important step toward addressing the space and parking issues that come with growth. Currently the services that our library, tutoring services and computer labs are able to offer have been hindered by a lack of space or location. The new building will allow for extended operating hours and services, providing our students with more tools and support to help them achieve their educational goals.”
In spite of the weather, construction of the building is on schedule. With the first floor shell complete, the construction crews are busy laying the concrete and setting up the columns that will support the upper level parking floors. The College is in the process of getting bids for the build out of the programming areas on the first floor.
A combination of public and private funds have been used to support construction of the multimodal facility. The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation contributed $3.8 million to the project. Another $6.6 million was secured in federal funding. The facility is expected to open in November 2010.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 150,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.