March 25, 2011
Fort Wayne, Ind.—The Wilfred Uytengsu Sr., Center has been chosen as a winner in the 2011 BCA Excellence in Construction Awards. Michael Kinder and Sons submitted the project in the "Renovation—Over $2 Million" category.
The annual awards given by the Building Contractors Association of Northeast Indiana recognize outstanding construction projects within a 75-mile radius of Fort Wayne. An independent judging panel chooses winners based on project uniqueness, significance/impact to the community, BCA-member involvement, and the project's safety record.
The Uytengsu Center was built in 1857 and is the oldest building on the Indiana Tech campus. Rather than demolish the deteriorating landmark, the university embarked on a $3.1 million renovation to preserve and modernize the historic building. In December, the building was awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification.
The renovation project allowed the university to accomplish several goals:
The design by Viridian Architectural Design preserved the exterior brick shell of the building, windows, and door openings but integrated a new floor and roof system as well as energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems.
The Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center provides space for the university’s leadership offices and serves as a living laboratory for the study of sustainability and energy efficiency. Indiana Tech offers a bachelor’s degree in energy engineering, and students and faculty will conduct research studies on the facility’s geothermal system. The first floor of the building includes a Campus Welcome Center, also named in honor of Uytengsu. It houses a gathering area for alumni and visitors, display cases with artifacts from the university’s history, and monitors that display information about the center’s energy usage.
Initial meetings to discuss potential ideas for saving the building began in January 2009. Construction began in September 2009 and was completed in August 2010. The design and construction team for the renovation project included:
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