On Wednesday, Sept. 4th, members of the news media were invited to view the progress on the Hulman Center’s renovation.

Bryan Duncan, ISU’s Director of Capital Planning and Improvements, was available to discuss the project’s progress and explain what specific improvements are being done. “The new event space will improve aesthetics and create more excitement” says Duncan. 

In 2018, Hannig Construction of Terre Haute was awarded the contract for the Hulman Center renovations. 

“Not only will the university and community enjoy a facility that will better serve their needs, but we also will have the satisfaction of knowing that many people from the Wabash Valley will be employed to do that work over the next two years,” Diann McKee, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer told the Indiana State University Newsroom.

Since its opening in 1973, the Hulman Center is one of the key drivers to stimulating activities in downtown Terre Haute. Events like ISU’s home basketball games, concerts, dinners, lectures, graduation ceremonies and other community activities have all taken place in this facility. 

“ [The Hulman Center] has been one of the prominent multipurpose gathering places for Terre Haute community for 45 years,” says Duncan. Containing around 174,000 square feet, these major renovations are necessary so that it may continue to serve the community for another 50 years. 

Most of the building finishes, exterior facade, and building systems have not been updated since 1973. The changes currently being done are to improve the facility’s functionality, access and experience for all types of events. 

Improvements include replacing the outdated mechanical and electrical systems, a new freight elevator to improve vertical access to the building and its efficiency, customer areas like concessions, restrooms, and kitchen will all be new, and the building’s exterior will be totally renovated. Over the years, smaller renovation projects have taken place, but never an overall major renovation of this scale. 

The total cost for this project is $50 million, including construction costs and design. The state provided $37.5 million, and the remaining $12.5 million was raised through from university gifts, cash reserves and non-fee-replaced borrowing. 

The existing sight line for various events are still in good shape and will be maintained. Therefore, the building will remain open for all home basketball games and commencements this year. The project is expected to be complete in late 2020.