ISU’s Dreiser Hall project approved by State Budget Committee

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INDIANAPOLIS — The State Budget Committee in Indianapolis approved release of funds Friday for Indiana State University’s $18.4 million Dreiser Hall renovation project.

“The new Dreiser Hall will allow for growth in several areas of the university and draw more young people to Terre Haute,” State Rep. Tonya Pfaff (D-Terre Haute) said. “I’m excited for the opportunities this renovation will produce.

Funding for the project was included in the 2019-21 state budget as approved by the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly.

“As an educator myself, I know that teaching is an ever-changing profession and it’s vital that this student hub keeps up with the times,” Pfaff added.

The building was constructed in 1950 and houses academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, including multiple communication classes, student media, video production, a student operated radio station, distance education classrooms, and a 255-seat theater. The building is 54,709 gross square feet.

“The facility needs extensive renovation to replace critical building components,” Diann McKee, Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration said.  “The renovation will improve HVAC, plumbing, fire suppression, and electrical needs as well as ensuring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

A key aspect to the Dreiser Hall project is its distance education classrooms designed to help the university deliver academic programs to people throughout the state who cannot attend ISU at the Terre Haute physical campus.

“There are over 700,000 of our fellow Indiana citizens who have earned some college credit, but did not complete a degree,” ISU President Deborah Curtis said. “Indiana State University is stepping up its outreach efforts to those individuals and others who may have once thought that college was not for them. Renovated Dreiser Hall classrooms will include state-of-the-art technology so that no matter where individuals reside in Indiana, they can become Sycamores and earn a degree at a distance.”

This will be the second phase of the facility’s renovation. It is the last historical building to be updated on campus.

“Indiana State University is working hard to address the workforce needs of the state while serving as good stewards of our taxpayers’ money,” said State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute).  “I was pleased for the General Assembly to join me in supporting the Dreiser Hall project as it helps ISU to continue to fulfill its important mission.”

The University will unveil its timeline of construction in Spring 2020.

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