ANDERSON, Ind. — Motorists driving on East 60th Street near Columbus Avenue will notice heavy machinery working in preparation of a new educational facility in Anderson.
Site work has begun on Anderson’s south side for construction of the new Ivy Tech Community College campus.
Crews from Freeman Grading & Excavation have started preparing the 38-acre site on 60th Street for construction of the 85,000-square-foot facility. The workers are in the process of constructing a retention pond and leveling the location.
The new campus will be visible from Interstate 69, a key factor in the selection of a location. It is expected to serve 1,900 students.
Work on the foundation is expected to start next month.
Kelsey Batten, executive director of marking for the Ivy Tech Community College East Central and Richmond Regions, said a groundbreaking ceremony has been scheduled for May 8 at 4 p.m.
She said several state and local officials, including Gov. Mike Pence, have been invited to attend the ceremony.
The new Anderson facility is expected to be completed in August 2015 with fall semester classes beginning that year, she said.
The Ivy Tech Community College board approved $20 million for the facility with a goal of $4 million in local matching funds. Batten said the fundraising team is making good progress.
Contracts in the amount of $17,020,400 were awarded last year with Gibraltar Construction receiving a $5.2 million contract for general construction; Fredericks Inc. of Pendleton was awarded a $2.7 million contract for electrical work; and Quality Plumbing & Heating of Kokomo, a $2 million contract for electrical work.
Anderson city officials pushed to have the new facility constructed at the former Edgewood Plaza site near the intersection of Nichol and Raible avenues or downtown in the 300 block of Jackson Street.
The Anderson Redevelopment Commission last year approved spending approximately $1.8 million on improvements to 60th Street including the widening of the street from 20 to 24 feet.
Currently Ivy Tech’s Anderson campus is located at three sites: the Anderson Instructional Center on 53rd Street; the Ebbertt Education Center on 38th Street; and the Anderson North Conference Center on Indiana 9, between Anderson and Alexandria in the former Robert D. Loose Funeral Home facility.
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