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IU Northwest greets new semester with many campus upgrades

New high-tech workspace for Police Department among the improvements


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Students returning to Indiana University Northwest this fall will notice several facility-related improvements, the most notable being a new home for the campus Police Department and the installation of security cameras.

Over the past year, Chancellor William J. Lowe and the campus’s Budget Committee decided to invest significantly in campus infrastructure, said Joe Pellicciotti, Vice Chancellor for Administration at IU Northwest. Thanks to the collaboration between the IU Offices of University Architect, Information Technology, Fiscal Affairs and Academic Affairs, the changes have been ongoing for some time.

Construction crews worked over the summer to remodel the old warehouse space in the Moraine Student Center as a new home for the IU Northwest Police Department, which is the last unit still located in the old Tamarack Hall. The campus’s original building sustained significant damage during the 2008 campus flood and, with the departure of campus security operations, its use is being entirely discontinued.

The new Moraine facility will provide the police with high-quality workspace, including a dispatch center equipped with cutting-edge technology. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of August, with the move from Tamarack into the new facility planned for mid-September. 

“In addition, the Police Department will have a dedicated generator, which will provide a crucial power source backup for law enforcement if campus power goes down,” Pellicciotti said. “The new facility will be better designed for police work, as well.” 

In other security-related improvements, the campus completed the final phase of its three-phase video camera security project.  Campus cameras are now located at strategic points in all major campus buildings. 

Three new “Code Blue” emergency telephones are soon to be placed at strategic points within the center of campus.  In addition, the Police Department will place an electronic speed display sign on Broadway Avenue at the beginning of the fall semester.  The sign is designed to assist the Police Department with its increased patrolling and safety enforcement efforts along Broadway.

Students also will see improvements in classroom furnishings. 

New classroom furniture will soon arrive this summer for installation in Raintree Hall. Last year, new classroom furniture was installed in Hawthorn Hall. 

For the comfort of students taking Fine Arts courses, new chairs, tables and some lounge furniture will be placed in the 18,000-square-foot Arts on Grant building, located at the Village Shopping Center at 37th Avenue and Grant Street. 

Construction of the new 5,000-square-foot Black Box Theatre for the Department of Performing Arts is currently being completed in a second building at Arts on Grant.

A number of smaller facility-related projects have been taking place across campus as well, including various floor repairs in Hawthorn, Marram, Savannah, and Raintree; painting jobs in Marram, Savannah, and Raintree; furniture re-upholstering for the Marram lobby and the Moraine Cafeteria; ceiling repairs in the Moraine Cafeteria; and new classroom signage in Raintree Hall. Some doors will be replaced in the John W. Anderson Library Conference Center.

Several projects are taking place outside campus buildings, as well, including a number of partial sidewalk and step repairs and replacements.  Additionally, the pavers located at the entry points to the John W. Anderson Library Conference Center are being replaced. Repair work on Hawthorn Hall’s northeast window wall entrance and the replacement of sills and louvers and tuck-pointing on the Chiller Plant are also in progress. 

“The CFO has provided funding to do major work in the campus’s parking areas, including phased campus parking lot re-sealing and re-stripping repair work,” Pellicciotti said. 

Most of the parking surfaces (other than the main lots to the north and northeast of campus) have received maintenance or improvements this summer.  All lots will be included in the overall parking -improvement project within the next two to three years.

Roof screening at Moraine Student Center is expected to be complete by mid-September and new picnic benches have been ordered for the center of campus.

“We’ve been involved in planning and in some cases design work for additional campus facility-related improvement projects,” Pellicciotti said, “so we expect the significant investment in the campus’s physical infrastructure to continue going forward, as we work to better serve IU Northwest students.”