Ivy Tech to have ribbon cutting ceremony for Moravec Hall

Members of the public will have a chance to see inside the new campus building for Ivy Tech Community College-Columbus this afternoon.

The college will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Moravec Hall at 4 p.m. today, with tours afterward.

State, college, and community officials will be present at the event, along with design architects and lead contractors, said Director of Marketing Chris Schilling.

Tours of Moravec Hall and the Columbus Learning Center will be provided after the ceremony. A large portion of the CLC’s ground floor has recently been renovated, with changes that include Ivy Tech’s new bookstore, student support spaces known as “The Bridge” and “The Landing,” and additional conference rooms.

Moravec Hall is named after local entrepreneur, Ivy Tech donor and former state trustee Tony Moravec.

The approximately $32 million, 80,000-square-foot structure has replaced the aging Poling Hall as Ivy Tech’s main campus building. Ivy Tech selected IwamotoScott Architecture of San Francisco in February 2020 to design the structure. A grant from the Cummins Foundation Architecture Program covered the architectural design fee.

Pepper Construction is the lead contractor on the project. The architect of record is CSO Architects.

Ivy Tech celebrated breaking ground on the project in April of 2021 through the release of a pre-recorded video. The college moved into Moravec Hall in the summer of 2022, and demolition of Poling started in June. The first fall semester of classes at the new building began in August. Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann visited campus to mark the occasion.