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New details on Tech expansion

Residence hall will house 33 students; athletic facility to expand intramurals.

Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 10:19 am

An increased “vibrancy” about Indiana Tech will bring two new buildings to campus by August.

Even though the basic plans were first reported last month, President Arthur Snyder on Wednesday detailed plans for what will be a new townhouse-like residence hall and a new athletic facility that is aimed at expanding intramurals and practice space.

“We haven't kept it a well-kept secret, but it's an exciting one,” Snyder said at a news conference.

The residence hall, which is not yet named, will house 33 students - mostly juniors and seniors - in self-sufficient, three-story apartments with full kitchens.

Snyder said enrollment has been growing, and he doesn't expect that trend to stop.

“That number will be higher next year,” he said about enrollment. Overall, the total student population has increased by more than 200 students since fall 2005.

This will be the third residence hall built in three years. Evans-Kimmell Hall opened in 2008, and Frank and Anne Oropeza Hall opened in 2009.

The $1.5 million hall will face East Washington Boulevard, and the plan is to eventually build additional dorms all the way to Anthony Boulevard.

Snyder said that would take eight to 15 years, though. He said the university owns some property along that stretch, but not all of it. He said the campus acquires property as it becomes available.

The $2 million Warrior Athletic Center will be located near the tennis courts, with its back facing Maumee Avenue. The 18,500-square-foot facility will have a gym, coaches' offices, storage, locker rooms and concessions.

Snyder said its primary purpose is for practice and intramurals. Work on both buildings is expected to be completed before students return in August.