Anderson University broke ground to begin construction on a new 53,000 square-foot Flagship Education Center to be located on the southwest end of the Flagship Enterprise Center at I-69 and Pendleton Avenue (exit 22) in Anderson. Projected to be completed by summer, 2007, the Flagship Education Center will provide space to support education initiatives of both Anderson University and Purdue [pictured—l-r: Charles Staley, Dr. Niaz Latif, Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith, Dr. Terry Truitt, Dr. Dennis Depew, and Dr. James Edwards].
Speaking during the event was Dr. James Edwards, president of Anderson University; Kevin Smith, mayor of the City of Anderson; Dr. Dennis Depew, dean of the College of Technology at Purdue University; Charles Staley, president and CEO of the Flagship Enterprise Center; and Dr. Terry Truiit, dean of the Falls School of Business At Anderson University [watch Dr. James Edwards make remarks during groundbreaking event--requires Windows Media Player 9].
“This educational facility will provide access to Anderson University’s programs for many growing communities along the I-69 corridor,” said President James L. Edwards, Anderson University. “We will continue to provide collaborative leadership at this important site to enhance the educational and economic development of the region.
The new facility will be built for a cost of approximately $7 million and will be divided into three floors of operational space. The first floor will provide approximately 27,000 square-feet for classrooms, faculty and staff offices and a professional development center accommodating 150 persons. The second floor will provide 16,400 square-feet for the Purdue College of Technology statewide location in Anderson, as well as classrooms and breakout spaces. The third floor will provide 9,700 square-feet for efficiency apartments to house daytime MBA students and/or upper-division entrepreneurship students.
“Through this initiative and continued partnership with Anderson University, Purdue University students will have the best possible educational experience,” said Dr. Niaz Latif, assistant dean for Administration and Budget for Purdue’s Statewide Technology. “In addition, the new facility will allow us to better meet the educational needs our citizens by engaging the region’s business and industry.
“This new endeavor helps set the table for continued economic growth,” said Dr. Terry Truitt, dean of the Falls School of Business at Anderson University. “Adding the academic ingredient to the existing economic activity stirs the entrepreneurial pot. “This Education Center is further evidence that the greater Anderson community is on the right track toward building the foundation for strong economic growth.”
“The success of a business incubator, such as the Flagship Enterprise Center, is increased exponentially by a close working relationship to a university,” said Charles Staley, CEO of the Flagship Enterprise Center. “The presence of Anderson University and Purdue University will insure that success, anchor both universities on the I-69 corridor and continue to link Anderson and Madison County to the rapidly growing Northern Indianapolis area.”
The architectural firm of K.R. Montgomery and Associates in Anderson will design the project in coordination with GDI Construction Corp., the primary contractor for the project. Funding for construction of the education center will come from tax-exempt debt financing.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, education and theology.