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Purdue University trustees give go-ahead to $130+ million in campus building projects

Purdue University trustees on Aug. 4 gave approval to plan, finance, construct and award construction contracts for more than $130 million in projects, including a $80 million animal/equine hospital and a renovation and addition to the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building on the West Lafayette campus,The Perdue Exponent has reported.

Trustees also provided approval to finance, construct and award a construction contract for a $40.5 million Bioscience Innovation Building at Purdue Northwest’s Hammond campus.

Trustees approved a renovation project at Heine Pharmacy Building; heating, ventilation and air conditioning work in Lynn Hall of Veterinary Medicine and Stewart Center; and bathroom renovations and repairs in Earhart and Hillenbrand residence halls, according to the report.

Phase I of the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital project, and future phases, will be east of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s existing location in space to be made available by development of the Williams Street extension and Freehafer Hall demolition.

Perdue University architectural, engineering and contracting information and guidelines are available here.

A new large animal/equine hospital of about 76,600 gross sq. ft. will be built, along with an entrance from South Grant St. and paddocks near that entrance. Necessary utility work will also be included in Phase I. The new facility, designed to serve students, faculty and hospital clients, will have space for large-animal surgery; radiology; receiving; examination and diagnostic equipment; treatment, medicine and surgery wards; reproductive systems ward; and intensive care unit.

Construction is scheduled to begin in September 2018 and be completed in May 2020. Project funds will come from the university’s central reserves and gift funds.

Future phases will include construction of a new small-animal hospital, with a final phase to construct a food animal hospital.

The renovation and addition to the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building, located in the 200 block of South University St., calls for demolition of an existing southern portion of the facility, a 125,000 gross-sq. ft. addition and renovations to the more than 37,000 gross sq. ft. of existing space in the building’s northern portion.

An exterior view from the southwest corner of Purdue’s new $25 million Biomedical Engineering Building, which houses the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. (Purdue News Service photo/David Umberger)

Renovated and new spaces would consolidate Agricultural and Biological Engineering resources and better support a variety of biological and wet chemistry activities and equipment, and computing, research and teaching spaces. The project will facilitate research and instructional work to support the university’s plant sciences initiative.

Work is scheduled to begin in October 2018 and be completed in October 2020. The project will be funded through student fee bond proceeds and gift funds.

The Bioscience Innovation Building on the Purdue Northwest Hammond campus will be a $40.5 million facility to house research and teaching labs and offices for the College of Nursing and Department of Biological Sciences, which are currently spread across campus. The project is designed to prepare students for nursing and life sciences careers and help advance economic development in northwest Indiana.

Construction is slated to begin in August 2018 and be completed in April 2020. Once the new facility is occupied, Gyte Annex, which currently houses some of these academic areas, will be demolished. Project funding will come from student fee bond proceeds, previously received state appropriations, gift funds and university central reserves.

Other project approvals included:

  • Renovation of more than 6,500 assignable sq. ft. at the Heine Pharmacy Building. The space, which became available with the relocation of the pharmacy library to the new Wilmeth Active Learning Center, will provide new offices and student study and collaboration spaces. Work also will include an access ramp to the mezzanine level in accordance with Americans with Disability Act standards and updated mechanical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. Construction is expected to start in May 2018 and be completed in October 2018. The $2.1 million project will be funded by the College of Pharmacy, repair and rehabilitation funds, and university ADA funds.
  • HVAC projects in Lynn Hall of Veterinary Medicine and Stewart Center. The nearly $2.4 million Lynn Hall project will add a new unit to serve the basement and a portion of the ground floor for the small-animal and basic science areas, and an additional unit will be installed for basic science areas on the first and second floors. The work will also increase the facility’s hot water capacity. The nearly $3.5 million Stewart Center project will renovate aging HVAC systems that serve the Fowler Library area. Both projects are scheduled to begin in April 2018 and be completed in October 2019 and will be financed through repair and rehabilitation funds.
  • Work in Hillenbrand and Earhart residence halls bathrooms. Phase I of the sewer replacement and bathroom repairs in Hillenbrand Hall will include the east wing of the east tower. This nearly $2.4 million project will replace aging plumbing and sewer infrastructure, which requires the demolition of a portion of the bathrooms. These areas will then be repaired and updated with new fixtures. Three future phases will focus on similar work in other areas. The nearly $5 million Earhart Hall bathroom renovation will complete work in that facility. More than 7,000 gross sq. ft. of community bathroom spaces in the east tower’s eight floors will be renovated, including the replacement of original plumbing infrastructure and enhancements to provide ADA accessibility. Both hall projects are scheduled to start construction in May 2018 and will be paid for from the university’s housing and food services’ repair and rehabilitation reserves.
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