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Historic Gem

Progress on the Fairman Centre, the Foundation for IUP's property in downtown Punxsutawney, includes some history.

During demolition of portions of the interior, the architect and contractors discovered certain architectural features that will remain intact. Because the building will be kept historically true to its 1898 construction, the $5.6 million project is eligible for certain government development grants, according to Bonnie Juliette, IUP's Jefferson and Armstrong County regional development director.  Upon completion of demolition, construction will begin in early September. In addition to  historic preservation, a goal of the building's renovation is to make it more energy efficient.

Fairman Centre rendering

The rendering, provided by KTH Architects, Inc., of DuBois, shows the facility's refurbished retail space--920 square feet--along West Mahoning Street that will be available for retail lease.  The first and second floors include public and academic space, including teaching kitchens, classrooms, a board room and a large, tiered lecture hall. The second floor will be used for academic and recreational activities, while the third floor will accommodate residential space for Academy of Culinary Arts students. Fairman Centre is expected to open in time for the Fall 2009 academic year.