Purdue to Request Funds for New PUC Building
May 19, 2014—The Purdue Board of Trustees voted on Friday to approve a legislative capital request for fiscal years 2015-17 which includes a request for $40 million to construct an emerging technologies center at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond.
The biennial request seeks a total of over $130 million in state funding for two projects at the West Lafayette campus and a handful of projects at the regional campuses, including the new building at Purdue Calumet. In a press release issued after the vote on Friday, Purdue officials said, “the project will allow for the relocation of the schools of Nursing and Education from Gyte Annex; construction of new Department of Biology offices and research and teaching labs; and creation of a home for PUC centers and institutes. The building, which received planning authorization in 2007, is considered the second-highest priority being taken to the Legislature.”
Ken Sandel, director of physical and capital planning for Purdue University, said the legislative request, along with a 10 year capital plan also approved Friday, are part of the school’s overarching goal to renovation, replace and repurpose it’s facilities.
The project is estimated to cost $40.5 million, which includes $2.4 million in planning funds which were authorized in 2007 but are still pending. The project is requested to be funded with state bonding authority.