The Lake County campus of Ivy Tech Community College (ITCC) will be undergoing extensive renovations in East Chicago. ITCC has made a significant investment in the community and the educational programs it offers. The main building on campus, the De La Garza Building, was originally designed by architect Helmut Jahn and the upcoming renovations will remain true to the spirit of the initial design concepts, which emphasize open spaces, natural lighting, and ample glass. GMB is working alongside partners at McGee Design House and JPS Consulting Engineers for this renovation project. 

A reconstruction of the entrance will create a predominate, accessible front entry space featuring an exterior canopy that will be visible from the street and will enhance the building user’s entry experience. The renovated two-story lobby will include flexible seating and gathering areas, an express enrollment area, and space for the college’s career development services. The large mezzanine on the second floor with a new open staircase invites views directly into the labs spaces and creates an impactful entrance experience with visibility and connectivity between students and activities on multiple levels. The graphics, furniture, and building materials will reflect both an industrial and technical aesthetic that will balance against a wooden accent wall to create a warm and welcoming lobby. The lobby renovation will extend down the long corridor on both floors. On the first floor several program entrance “front porches” off the main corridor are included in the design to increase visibility of the programs and break down the journey of the long corridor. 

The new design will update the equipment, technology, and layout throughout the facility. The building will receive updated furnishings, new building infrastructure systems, renovated restrooms, upgrades to classrooms, labs, and offices as well as new lighting and windows. This project aims to create an inspiring and innovative environment that appeals to new and existing ITCC students, reflecting the energy of the programs and the future of these industries. ITCC is also intent on increasing recruitment and student retention in the East Chicago area.  

The new renovations follow the recently completed welding lab and classroom update project at ITCC’s East Chicago location. Other career technical programs at the campus include advanced manufacturing, machine tool, process operations, culinary arts, and pre-nursing. ITCC wanted this campus to provide flexible spaces to promote partnerships with companies in the community to leverage the college for employee training opportunities. 

Lake County Campus Renovations

Location East Chicago, IN
Size 74,000 SF
Status Under Construction
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The work will transform this part of our campus, not just aesthetically but in tangible ways that will enhance both the student and employee experience.

Former Chancellor, Louie Gonzalez