The Foundation for Indiana University of Pennsylvania has
gifted three buildings in downtown Punxsutawney to Indiana University of
The buildings include the Fairman Centre, located at the
corner of West Mahoning Street and South Findley Street; the adjoining Agape
property at 105 West Mahoning Street; and the adjoining Miller property at 115,
117 and 119 West Mahoning St.
As funding becomes available, the two buildings beside the
Fairman Centre will be razed to permit new construction. The new construction by IUP will house the
Academy of Culinary Arts. The total project including the razing of these two structures,
is estimated at between $15 million and $18 million. The project will respect
and retain the historic façade of the Agape property.
Fundraising is already underway by IUP for this initiative
through IUP’s Imagine Unlimited fundraising campaign.
Since its founding in 1989, more than 4,000 students have
studied in Punxsutawney at the Academy of Culinary Arts, which has continued to
meet and exceed its enrollment goals.
“We believe there is great potential for growth at the
Academy of Culinary Arts,” IUP President Dr. Michael Driscoll said. “Securing
these buildings leverages the advantages we already have in Punxsutawney, which
includes not only our current facilities, like the Fairman Centre and our West
End Living-Learning building, but our strong partnerships and a joint
commitment to offering educational opportunities in this community,” IUP
President Michael Driscoll said.
“IUP is fully committed to Punxsutawney and to this region,
and we continue to appreciate the support that this community demonstrates to
us and to our students,” Driscoll said. “As we move forward with this project,
we will consult with our local stakeholders on the renovations and expansion.
“We also hope that this project will complement and catalyze
further development in downtown Punxsutawney.”
“IUP continues to be deeply appreciative to the Foundation
for IUP for its ongoing support and its vision for growth for the university
and our programs, and for helping us to make this project happen,” Driscoll
A timeline for the project has not yet been finalized.
The Foundation for IUP (FIUP) is an independent, nonprofit
charitable corporation organized to promote and support the educational
purposes of IUP.
“The Foundation for Indiana University of Pennsylvania has
supported the university since 1967 and we are excited to continue the on-going
support with the university as they grow the successful culinary program in
Punxsutawney,” Rich Caruso, FIUP Board of Directors president, said.
The Fairman Centre (the former J.B. Eberhart building), was
gifted to FIUP by the Punxsutawney Regional Development Corporation and the
Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce in November 2006. After a year-long, $4.7
million renovation, the building was repurposed with classrooms and teaching
kitchens for the Academy of Culinary Arts. The first floor of the building is
The 16-month program offered at the Academy of Culinary Arts
is nationally recognized and accredited by the American Culinary Federation. After
completing a final semester at a paid externship, graduates earn a certificate
in culinary arts and can also complete a separate baking and pastry program
through the Academy.