Strada Moves National Headquarters to Downtown Indy

Strada Moves National Headquarters to Downtown Indy

Strada Education Network, a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening America’s pathways between education and employment, has moved into its new headquarters in downtown Indianapolis.

Now located in the heart of the Circle City at 10 West Market Street in Market Tower, Strada’s new headquarters features offices for its 80 Indy-based employees, as well as convening space to host partners engaged in Strada’s “Completion with a Purpose” mission – helping learners navigate to and through postsecondary pathways and on to meaningful careers and fulfilling lives. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house with Strada Trustees, state and local leaders and community partners is scheduled for Thursday, December 6.

As a social impact organization, Strada is galvanizing a diverse network of partners committed to bridging the divide between education and employment, with a specific focus on serving students from the lowest income quartile and the 95 million Americans who don’t have a degree post high school.

“Network is the most important part of our name – it is the collective relationships, partnerships and solutions across Strada that drive our mission forward,” said William D. Hansen, Strada’s President and CEO. “We designed our new space to enable the vision, collaboration, innovation and transparency that is essential to our work. Proximity to the airport was also a high priority, as was being part of a vibrant and thriving business, civic and cultural center. We are thrilled to call downtown Indianapolis home.”

Indianapolis-based architectural firm, DkGr (pronounced, “dark gray”), served as Strada’s design partner. “Strada operates through a unique social impact model, and we wanted their new space to reflect their innovative and forward-thinking approach,” said John Albrecht, lead architect for the project and principal at DkGr. “Every design element was thoughtfully considered to help advance the organization’s mission and culture.”

Highlights of key design elements reflecting Strada’s mission, vision and values include:

Glass is prominent throughout the design to maximize natural light, promote transparency and connect with the inspiring city views.

All workspaces are open, featuring engaging collaboration spaces of various sizes and configurations to accommodate diverse work styles and preferences.

A convening center on the 12th floor supports Strada’s national engagement efforts, with large flexible space to bring together thought leaders, practitioners, policymakers and other experts engaged in strengthening education-to-employment pathways. Strada also intends to make the convening space available to local community organizations.

“We are grateful to the talented team of designers, construction experts and Strada staff who worked so hard to make our vision for this space a reality,” said Hansen. “We’re eager to share our new home with our full network of partners as we continue our work together to transform postsecondary education to meet the needs of a new generation of learners in today’s rapidly changing world of work.”

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