Ivy Tech, Woolpert Focusing on Facilities

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(Image courtesy of Ivy Tech Community College) Ivy Tech has multiple buildings throughout Muncie. (Image courtesy of Ivy Tech Community College) Ivy Tech has multiple buildings throughout Muncie.

Ohio-based Woolpert, which has an office in Indianapolis, is working with Ivy Tech Community College on long-term facility planning in three of its regions. The company will evaluate use of all major systems in the East Central, Richmond and Wabash Valley regions as part of the school's master plan process.

Woolpert Project Director Bruce Rankin says "we'll look at buildings, parking, visibility, branding and image, and assess the general condition of their facilities."

The partnership encompasses seven campuses and three instructional sites. Woolpert is also scoping out Ivy Tech's use of current space to project future classroom, lab and office area needs. Additionally, Woolpert says it will "gauge demographics in these three regions to assess how well Ivy Tech’s programs and the distribution of those programs fit with current and projected locations and concentrations of students."

Ivy Tech Community College East Central and Richmond regions Chancellor Andy Browne says "we have a mix of new, relatively new, older and tired, and leased facilities. This process will yield a set of plans that help us best understand future needs across the regions." He adds the process will be important in communities like Muncie, which has a "complicated arrangement" of facilities throughout the Delaware County city.

Facility assessments and planning studies are set to wrap up later this summer.

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