Purdue University’s Board of Trustees on Friday approved the university’s 10-year capital plan, which includes funding requests the university intends to submit to the state. The largest planned project is the construction of a 201,000 square foot university house for the College of Pharmacy and School of Nursing.
Purdue estimates the construction will cost $160 million, including $89 million requested from the state.
The university says the 10-year plan identifies priorities for facility needs in the short, medium and long term.
“To achieve these goals, Purdue has taken a balanced capital program approach that first considers facility renovations, facility replacements when necessary, and adding new space only when needed.” said Jay Wasson, Purdue’s vice president for physical facilities.
Other projects on the West Lafayette campus include a $77 million project to make chilled water upgrades to the HVAC system that helps cool buildings. No state funds are requested for this project. A water chiller project has also been approved for Purdue Northwest’s two campuses in Westville and Hammond.
Purdue is also planning a $15 million energy research lab on the West Lafayette campus. This project will construct a building to “manufacture, test, detect, deploy and defeat” next-generation energetic materials used in modern weapon systems.
Also Friday, trustees approved a renaming of the Academic Success Center in honor of Helen Bass Williams, Purdue University’s first African-American professor.
Williams, who worked at Purdue from 1968 to 1978, helped create the African American Studies program.