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Ground broken for education building in city renowned for architecture

Ground broken for education building in city renowned for architecture

Ground broken for education building in city renowned for architecture

COLUMBUS, Ind. (Nov. 16, 2009) – Cesar Pelli has returned to Columbus, Ind., the city renowned for its vast collection of modern architecture, by designing a state-of-the art education and workforce training center. Ground was broken Thursday for the Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AMCE), which will serve students pursuing advanced manufacturing-related degree and certificate programs. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects is the Design Architect for the building, planned for completion in 2011.

“I am excited to be designing a building again for Columbus, Indiana, a city that I much admire and love,” said Pelli, whose early work includes the Commons and Courthouse Center, also in Columbus. “I am also very excited with the purpose the AMCE building will fulfill: to open for all in the region new and great opportunities for advancement through a very sophisticated educational program.”

The AMCE is a 42,000-square-foot facility to house the Advanced Manufacturing degree programs and workforce training of Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue College of Technology, Indiana University Purdue University Columbus, and related high school programs serving the communities of Southeastern Indiana.

The building is designed as a pavilion: straightforward, elegant, and efficient. The primary expressive elements are the exposed structural columns and roof framing that form a deep overhang and are articulated in bright white against the building’s metallic gray walls. The building will be clad in insulated metal panels, an economical and thermally efficient wall system.

“Columbus is very fortunate to have Cesar Pelli designing a new building in our community,” said Will Miller, chairman and chief executive officer of Irwin Financial Corporation, and a member of the AMCE’s architectural committee. “He is one of the leading architects in the world at the height of his career, with a rich history of designing practical and beautiful academic buildings.”

Named the sixth most architecturally innovative city in the country by the American Institute of Architects, Columbus has long been known for its 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 one of the largest collections of modern architecture in any U.S. city.

About the Community Education Coalition
The Community Education Coalition (www.educationcoalition.com) is a not-for-profit organization that brings together education, business and community stakeholders to align and integrate a community learning system. Specifically, the CEC works to promote the efficient and successful integration of education, economic vitality and quality of life programming. Over the past few years, the CEC and its partners have established the Columbus Learning Center, a state-of-the-art 130,000-square-foot educational facility that provides shared classroom, lab and library space to Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue College of Technology, Indiana University Purdue University Columbus, WorkOne, and related high school programs.

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