Renovations planned to convert IPFW space for IU use after Fort Wayne campus splits into IU, Purdue programs

Indiana University will lease space in Neff Hall after IPFW splits into separate IU and Purdue programs this summer. Purdue has advertised for construction bids to renovate portions of of Neff Hall for IU use. (News-Sentinel.com file photo)

IPFW isn’t expected to split into separate Purdue University and Indiana University programs until July 1, but plans call for construction to begin before that date to accommodate the change.

The campus at 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. will be considered a Purdue location. IU will lease space in Neff Hall and the Liberal Arts building along with using its current medical school building on campus, which it owns, said Gregory Justice, the campus’ executive director of facilities management.

To get the leased space ready for IU use, remodeling should begin within the next week or two to install an IU admissions and career counseling office in the first-floor lobby of Neff Hall, Justice said. That work should be completed by May 1.

Last week, the Purdue board of trustees also advertised for bids to renovate some other areas of Neff Hall for IU use. The work will include upgrades to the dental laboratory, medical imaging laboratory, computer room and various office spaces, Justice said.

Bids are due by 11 a.m. Feb. 22, and Justice hopes renovation work can begin by late March. Work should be completed by Aug. 1 so the areas will be ready for the start of IU classes later in August, he said.

The renovation work should cause only a minor inconvenience for current students, with a few classes moved to other locations on campus during the construction, Justice said.

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