State OKs $45M plan to replace IUN’s Tamarack Hall
By Matt Mikus email@example.com July 10, 2013 5:48PM
Updated: August 12, 2013 11:45AM
Indiana University Northwest’s plans for a new building to replace Tamarack Hall in Gary has been approved by the State Budget Committee.
A plan approved by Indiana University trustees will cost $45 million, and will serve both Indiana University Northwest and Ivy Tech Community College Northwest.
During flooding in 2008, Tamarack Hall sustained too much damage to safely hold classes in the building, according to state Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary, and an IUN professor.
“The trustees felt a joint venture would be cost-effective and an efficient use of resources,” Smith said. “In addition, this coodination should help Ivy Tech students more easily make the transition to IU Northwest if they seek advanced degrees.”
Ivy Tech classes that may move to the new facility include some nursing programs as well as transfer programs set up for students planning to continue their education at IUN, said Jeff Fanter, Ivy Tech’s vice president of communications and enrollment.
“The big thing here is the partnership between two major universities in the community that will really serve all of our students,” Fanter said.
Emily Banas, a spokeswoman for IUN, said the university is working on details of the new building but is excited for the partnership.
The General Assembly originally passed funding for the project at $53 million, but improved efficiencies have allowed the cost estimate to be lowered to $45 million.