February 8, 1991.
On this day, IUPUI chancellor Gerald L. Bepko presided over groundbreaking ceremonies for "Phase III" of the long-term effort to move School of Engineering and Technology and School of Science programs to the west Michigan Street main campus of IUPUI. Held in a heated tent, festivities included the presidents of Indiana University and Purdue University, Thomas Ehrlich and Steven C. Beering, respectively. Indiana governor Frank O'Bannon and Indianapolis mayor William Hudnut III were also on hand to speak. R. Bruce Renda of the School of Engineering and Technology and David L. Stocum of the School of Science also participated.
Consolidation of all IUPUI schools onto the near-westside campus had been a central goal for campus planners since the 1969 merger. In the early 1970s Chancellor Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., obtained the go-ahead for "Phase I," what is now called the Engineering/Technology building. However, over a decade passed before Phase II and Phase III advanced. Construction for Phase III (what many on campus call "LD" or the "Science Building") finished in 1993.
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