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New Education and Arts building on track to completion

Staff Writer

Published: Monday, August 27, 2012

Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 21:08

Construction continues on a new home for the education, fine arts and dental hygiene departments. The $22,000,000 renovation will repurpose what was formerly known as the Associates Building and offer new class and office space for students and faculty.

“We will finally have our separate painting and separate drawing room,” said Dean of the Raclin School of the Arts Marvin Curtis.

Curtis also listed a newly-equipped photography suite, new media animation lab, art gallery and a two-story rehearsal room for instrumental music as exciting features for students and faculty of the school of the arts.

“Everything is going to be state-of-the-art,” said Curtis. “It frees us up and gives us more space to be able to do more things.”

Along with fine arts, the education department will also relocate to the new building, residing on the entire second floor. The new facility, located on the west side of campus, will bring an end to the use of Greenlawn Hall, a building that was once a tool and die factory but more recently has served as a home for the education department.

“They will completely vacate the Greenlawn building and move into the Education and Arts building. They are the largest group of occupants for that building,” said Vice Chancellor of Financial Affairs Bill O’Donnell.

“Dental hygiene will also move from Riverside into that building,” said O’Donnell.

The College of Health Sciences’ dental hygiene department is currently located at Riverside Hall, the building by the river across from Northside Hall.

According to a recent IU South Bend press release, a $300,000 donation was made to the dental hygiene wing of the new building by local dentist Dr. Roger S. Pecina, founder and owner of Mishawaka’s Afdent Dental Services. The donation will provide for updates to the school’s equipment. The dental hygiene wing will also feature a low-cost dental clinic.

Groundbreaking for the renovation took place in June of 2011 and the building is scheduled for a 2013 finish. Though O’Donnell said that construction could be complete by next March, classes won’t take place in the building until the 2013 fall semester due to the building’s size and the sophistication of the technology.

“Next summer we’ll be actually moving some people in, but we’ll also need the summer IT department to install all the technology in the classrooms,” said O’Donnell. “It’s a very large building. To give you an idea in terms of offices alone there are 54 offices.”

If recent weather patterns persist, there will likely be no setbacks for remaining outdoor construction and the university will realize the fall 2013 opening.

To view a live video feed of the ongoing construction, visit www. iusb.edu/portal/construction.php.

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