November 7, 1973.
On this day, university leaders and special guests broke ground on the Science, Engineering and Technology Building. The planned building was the first of several meant to relocate the School of Science and the School of Engineering and Technology from their east 38th Street abode opposite the Indiana State Fairgrounds to the IUPUI campus in downtown Indianapolis.
On hand for the occasion were Indiana governor Otis R. Bowen and the presidents of Indiana University and Purdue University, John W. Ryan and Arthur Hansen, respectively. The planned $6.5 building was Phase One of three buildings to go up downtown to accommodate the Purdue schools. It initially would house faculty from science, engineering, and technology programs. Later, as the subsequent buildings would be finished, engineering and technology would be the sole occupants of the first building. The event was the first groundbreaking ceremony for the newly installed IUPUI chancellor Glenn W. Irwin, Jr. (pictured below, second from left). In the following years he had to shovel dirt on many occasions as IUPUI campus added new buildings.
Should you wish to get your hands dirty in the Archives, please contact IUPUI Special Collections and Archives firstname.lastname@example.org.