FORT WAYNE, IND. – Indiana Tech has received a major gift from an alumnus to partially fund the $3.5 million renovation of the Administration Center. Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr., a 1951 graduate of the university, will underwrite the energy-efficient upgrade of the facility to achieve a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Level certification.
The $2 million contribution is the second largest ever made to the university by an individual, and the university will recognize the generosity by naming the building the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center.
Uytengsu was chairman of the board of the largest producer of dairy products in the Philippines, Alaska Milk Corporation, which he started in 1972. He served on the boards of Universal Foods Corporation of Wisconsin, Kuok Philippine Properties, Inc. and Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Manila, and is owner of Wentworth Development Corporation. He was also the chairman of the Philippine Basketball Association’s Alaska Aces, who have won 12 championships.
Uytengsu earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Indiana Tech. “My education at Indiana Tech was a key factor in my success, and I wanted to give back to the university in a way that will help generations to come,” he said.
The renovation of the 9,000-square-foot, 3-story Administration Center will provide Indiana Tech with centralized space for the university’s leadership offices and will serve as a living laboratory for the study of sustainability and energy efficiency. The university 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 also will include a Campus Welcome Center named in honor of Uytengsu. It will house a gathering area for alumni and visitors, a museum with artifacts from the university’s history, and monitors that display information about the center’s energy usage.
Indiana Tech President Arthur E. Snyder said the ceremony to officially dedicate the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center will be held on September 18 during Homecoming.
Uytengsu made the gift in early 2010, and passed away unexpectedly in April 2010. He is survived by his wife, the former Bonnie Brooks of Washington, D.C., and three children.
“We look forward to welcoming the Uytengsu family to campus to thank them in person for the gift,” Snyder said. “The renovation is an excellent example to the community of incorporating energy efficient technology into an existing structure.”
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