USF awards downtown campus work to Design Collaborative

June 25, 2014 FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The University of Saint Francis has awarded its downtown campus project to Fort Wayne architecture and engineering firm Design Collaborative. The project will bring together the former Fort Wayne Area Chamber of Commerce building and Scottish Rite Center into learning space and opportunities for students to study new and established programs in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne.

The design will include renovations to the Chamber of Commerce building to accommodate programs offered there, including a new Risk Management and Insurance degree, in the new home of the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership.

The USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center in the former Scottish Rite Center will also see some renovation, although no major modifications are planned for the auditorium in order to preserve its historic elements. A consultant will work with Design Collaborative to ensure the design considers the historic nature of the structures.

As the new location for USF’s Music Technology Program, the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center’s west end will, in collaboration with USF’s music consultants, contain specially designed space to meet the program’s acoustic and technical needs. The building’s western portion will also hold the classrooms and technology for the Media Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts (META) program.

The project size is approximately 69,700 square feet. Design work is set to begin Aug. 1. Construction is expected to begin in 2015.

“We’re excited about this project,” said Design Collaborative partner Ron Dick. “It brings together a long-time partner in USF and our passion for the development of downtown Fort Wayne, so we couldn’t be more thrilled to see this happen for the university. We’re also pleased to have the opportunity to preserve these two important buildings and repurpose them to create places of learning and growth for future entrepreneurs who will continue to grow our city.”

“We are happy to not only see a long-held dream becoming reality, but to be part of the momentum that is transforming downtown Fort Wayne,” said USF President, Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF. “The university is proud to partner with Fort Wayne and other businesses to contribute to a vibrant downtown that represents an economic boon to the community.”

The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, the university designs focused curriculum for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. More than 2,400 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.

“Beyond the Human Experience: Three Contemporary Photographers - Luis Gonzalez Palma, Gabriela Morawetz and Holly Roberts” will showcase three internationally recognized photographers that define the human experience as a visual language figuratively and symbolically.

Guatemala resident González Palma examines the power of communication through the gaze and body language of his subjects. His work is influenced by his “mestizo” heritage and that of the indigenous Mayas of Guatemala.

Morawetz, of Poland, is an installation artist who describes the sleeping self as it relates to human sub-consciousness and isolation.

Roberts, an American, is a painter and collage artist who manipulates her original photographs as canvases to describe unknown interpersonal realities that heighten the natural and sublime found in the world.

Each artist uses photography and non-traditional media such as paint, collage, fabric and metal to create uniquely visual works that fascinate the viewing audience.

This exhibition is made possible in part by Barnes and Thornburg. It runs through Oct. 6. Weatherhead Gallery hours are Monday–Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. For more information, call (260) 399-8064.

In conjunction with this exhibition, the adjacent Artist Spotlight Gallery will display a collection of photographs donated to the University of Saint Francis by nationally recognized photographer and instructor, Stephen Perfect. These photographs are by Perfect’s artist partners or students over a 30-year teaching career at Saint Francis College, Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne and the Maine Photography Workshops and College.

Additionally, the university’s Closer Look Lecture series will spotlight Holly Roberts, her work and philosophy on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the North Campus auditorium at 2702 Spring St. This lecture is sponsored by Ronald Kysiak and Diane Lupke. Closer Look lectures and performances are free to the public, with this year’s series made possible in part by Canon Explorers of Light, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

  The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

Media Contacts

For all University-related matters, please contact:

Trois Hart
Associate Vice President of Marketing
T: 260.399.8050
C: 260.415.2401

Yvonne Schroeder
Director of Communication
T: 260.399.7700 ext. 6413

Sandie Phalen
Director of Marketing and Development
Crown Point
T: 219.488.8888 ext. 5421


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