Ivy Tech officials looking toward Moravec Hall move in later this month

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College – Columbus officials expect to move into Moravec Hall later this month, despite the construction project seeing some delays due to material availability.

The approximately $32 million, 80,000-square-foot structure designed by IwamotoScott Architecture of San Francisco will soon replace the aging Poling Hall as the campus’s main building.

When asked what work was still underway on Moravec Hall, Chancellor Steven Combs mentioned wall finishes and installation of workspace furniture. The team still needs to work on their punch list and are also waiting on some hallway lighting to arrive, he added.

The chancellor said the biggest challenge of the project has been material delays.

“Yes, it’s all going to be here and it’s going to be on time but, for instance, we’ve had to accept furniture probably a little before we were ready for it,” he said. “Because we would hope to have a punch list done by now, but we’ve had to receive furniture, so that’s going to kind of be in our way when we do our final punch.”

Still, Combs feels that the building project has gone well, especially considering that it has largely taken place amid the pandemic. He commended those involved in the project for helping it go smoothly.

“The architects, along with Pepper Construction, they’ve always provided us with multiple options, which have allowed us to make, obviously, an educated decision, which therefore has worked out,” said Director of Instructional Sites Erica Speer. “And really, it’s been creative solutions, also. We’ve had to be creative with the current situation with delays.”

For the complete story and more photos, see Friday’s Republic.