AU to construct Education Center

Thu, 2006-08-03 15:40 -- univcomm
August 3, 2006

The Anderson University Board of Trustees recently approved the construction of a new Education Center that will be connected to the southwest end of the 40,000 square-foot Flagship Enterprise Center located at I-69 and Pendleton Avenue (exit 22) in Anderson. Projected to be completed in the summer of 2007, the 53,000 square-foot Education Center will provide space to support education initiatives of Anderson University and Purdue University.

“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 expansion will be equipped to strengthen and support the Anderson University Master of Business Administration and Master of Education programs as well as adult studies programs and new programming in entrepreneurial studies. Purdue University will relocate its Anderson operation from the Anderson University campus and offer technology programs at this new site.

“The university's academic program will be enriched and strengthened by the addition of this building,” said Dr. Carl Caldwell, vice president for Academic Affairs and Dean. “It will be an innovative living and learning center that will engage students in a holistic way. It's proximity to the Flagship Economic Center will allow for meaningful, hands-on work that will integrate with the classroom.”

The new facility will be built for a cost of approximately $7 million. The facility will be divided into 3 floors of operational space. The first floor will provide approximately 27,000 square-feet for classrooms, faculty and staff offices and a conference center accommodating 150 persons. The second floor will provide 16,400 square-feet for the Purdue University Technology Program as well as classrooms and conferencing breakout spaces. The third floor will provide 9,700 square-feet for efficiency apartments to house daytime MBA students and/or senior entrepreneurship students.

“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.”

“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”

“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 Corporation, 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.