JGMA is designing the newest facility for Ivy Tech Community College. The project involves an existing 30,000 square foot building in downtown Hammond Indiana. Ivy Tech will occupy the second, third, and fourth floors of the building. Following suit with Hammond’s recent downtown revitalization efforts to re-urbanize and enhance the pedestrian experience, the first floor will serve the public with a cafe/coffee bar and a media production studio.
In order to shield the classrooms from the extreme western and eastern sun that infiltrates the dominant facades of the building, the project team has designed an undulating louver system constructed of glue-laminated wood members to wrap the entire building. The form of the louvers expands and contracts based on the interior programs need to block direct sunlight or conversely to allow light in.
JGMA takes the modern style of the existing building to a new extreme, to stand in contrast with the more historical surrounding masonry buildings. This not only makes a statement for Ivy Tech’s stance on progress and technology, but also for the city of Hammond to continue their growth towards a strong urban center.