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Last updated: Thu. Jun. 26, 2014 - 07:24 am EDT

University of Saint Francis picks design firm for downtown Fort Wayne project

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The University of Saint Francis has awarded its downtown campus project to Fort Wayne architecture and engineering firm Design Collaborative.

The Catholic university’s proposed $12 million downtown campus project will bring together the former Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce building and Scottish Rite Center into learning space, according to a USF news release.

The design will include renovations to the former chamber building at Wayne and Ewing streets 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 at 431 W. Berry St. will also see some renovation, although no major modifications are planned for the auditorium to preserve its historic elements. A consultant will work with Design Collaborative to ensure the design considers the historic nature of the structures, according to the news release.

The project size is approximately 69,700 square feet. Design work is set to begin Aug. 1. Construction is expected to begin in 2015, according to the release. The university’s main campus is at 2701 Spring St.

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