Purdue To Add More Engineering, Science, Math and Tech, With New Complex
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.-- Purdue will build a new $140 million science and tech complex.
The quarter-million-square-foot Gateway Complex will be an interdisciplinary hub bringing together Purdue's engineering school and the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. Purdue president Mitch Daniels says the two-building complex will have state-of-the-art physical and virtual lab space, and an area set aside for Indiana companies to collaborate with Purdue researchers.
Purdue has 22,000 students in science and technology-related fields, and awards the third-most degrees in STEM fields of any university. But Daniels says the university is turning away qualified students for lack of room. He says the Gateway Complex -- Dudley Hall and a still-unnamed second building -- will expand Purdue's capacity, and thus expand the pipeline of talent to fill Indiana jobs.
The state budget set aside 60-million dollars for the complex. Daniels says a Lilly Endowment grant sped up the timeline for the complex by two or three years. It's now scheduled to open in 2022.
Purdue will tear down a lab building and its nuclear engineering building to make room for the complex. Daniels says the nuclear program will relocate either in Gateway or elsewhere on campus.
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