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Cesar Pelli dedicates new building by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in Columbus, Indiana

COLUMBUS, Ind. (June 10, 2011) – Cesar Pelli was in Columbus, Ind. on Friday for the opening of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’ newest academic building, a state-of-the art education and workforce training center. The Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AMCE) will serve students pursuing degrees and certificates in technology and engineering-related fields. The building takes its place on a growing academic campus in a city renowned for its vast collection of modern architecture.

“I am delighted to be back in Columbus, a remarkable city,” said Pelli, whose early work includes the city’s Commons and Courthouse Center. “I am also very excited to know that this building will soon be filled with students and learning.”

The building will house the degree programs and workforce training of Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue College of Technology, Indiana University Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC), as well as related high school programs serving communities in Southeastern Indiana. Students will take advanced courses in such topics as fluid mechanics, heat transfer, physics, mechanical design to prepare for careers in advanced manufacturing and industry.

“The AMCE building is simple, strong and elegant,” Pelli said. “I have designed it with much love for Columbus and admiration for its educational and training purpose.”

Clad in insulated metal panels, the 42,000-square-foot AMCE building is designed as a pavilion with exposed structural columns and roof framing that forms a deep overhang. The building contains four classrooms designed for a science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum; 13 laboratories; two conference rooms; professional offices and two courtyards. Across from the Columbus Learning Center and adjacent to the IUPUC and Ivy Tech buildings, the building is placed to form a campus quadrangle education that unites buildings for workforce, and business development services

Named the sixth most architecturally innovative city in the country by the American Institute of Architects, Columbus has long been known for modern architecture. In the 1950s, J. Irwin Miller, chairman of the Cummins Engine Company, made an agreement with the city that the Cummins Foundation would pay the architect’s fee for a new school building if the city chose an architect from a list provided by the foundation. The program was expanded to include other public buildings, and later, private development, leading Columbus to assemble its extensive collection of buildings by leading architects.

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