Among the actions were approval to plan, finance, construct and award construction contracts for three engineering research facilities; approval to plan an agronomy center laboratory; and authorization to exchange land parcels with the
"These facilities will play a key role in helping us reach our strategic growth plan goals and realize the vision spelled out in Purdue Moves," said
Purdue Moves is a range of initiatives introduced by President
Trustees authorized the proposal to plan, finance, construct and award contracts for the completion of the
The 75,000-square-foot lab will be a multidisciplinary research facility designed to bring together researchers from diverse backgrounds to enhance learning, collaboration and team-based research. Both wet and dry labs will be housed in the building, which is designed to address the needs of today's diverse research portfolio and to adapt to changing future needs. Infrastructure also will be in place to accommodate future facility expansion.
The lab will be financed with up to
A three-story addition and basement, totaling 32,000 square feet, will be added to the existing Jischke Hall to enhance the university's biomedical engineering research capabilities. The
Funding for the project will come from
Trustees also authorized selecting, retaining and contracting with an architect/engineering firm to begin planning for the
The phenotyping lab will support the development of automated systems for collecting field measurements that quantify differences in plant characteristics and traits such as canopy development, leaf area, height and photosynthetic ability. The facility will also house plant and seed laboratories that will be equipped to measure additional characteristics such as kernel size and composition, plant and seed metabolism, and other commercially valuable traits.
"The field phenotyping laboratory will give Purdue the tools to test plant productivity on a large scale through detailed assessment of plant traits that are important for both research and commercialization," said
Funding for the lab will come from university central reserves and/or gift funds.
Trustees approved moving ahead with preparatory actions that will culminate in a new residence hall that will also serve as the home to Purdue's new
The 310,000-square-foot residence hall, to be located at the southwest corner of Russell and Third streets, will have approximately 870 beds and about 40,000 square feet of academic space designed to encourage academic success through the development of a living-learning community.
"We have already seen evidence that students living on campus have more academic success and higher graduation rates than their off-campus peers," said
The board authorized selecting and retaining an architectural/engineering firm to provide project-planning services and also approved acquiring property, currently owned by the
A total cost to construct the new facility has not yet been finalized, however, the project will be financed with student facilities revenue bond proceeds, Housing and Food Services reserves, university reserves, and gift funds. The current timeline calls for the facility to begin operations no later than the fall of 2017.
In other business, the trustees also approved:
* Naming a new library in the soon-to-be-built
* Master service agreements with
On Thursday (
* The university leasing 14 apartments in a building owned by
* Financing and construction of the first phase of work to replace and upgrade the secondary electrical distribution in the south portion of the
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