WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Purdue Board of Trustees voted on Friday to move forward with a new combined polytechnic-engineering building. The Indiana State Legislature awarded Purdue with $173 million dollars to help with building renovations on campus. $60 million of that will go toward the new polytechnic-engineering building. The whole project will cost $80 million dollars.
The project is called "Gateway Phase 1." This combined building will replace the current Nuclear Engineering Building and the Michael Golden Laboratories, two buildings leaders on campus say are outdated. Purdue also hopes the building will become a new welcoming entrance for people onto the campus. In the future, they want to see a second building built as part of "phase 2."
The new 145,000 square foot building will help handle growing enrollment numbers in both the Collge of Engineering and the Polytechnic Institute. Gary Bertoline is the Dean of the Polytechnic Institute. He said bringing engineering and polytechnic studies together will give Purdue a unique advantage.
"There is so much demand for all of our majors, but also working closer together with the two colleges, I think we can do something that no one else in the nation can," he said.
The trustees joked during the meeting that in the past, there has been a rivalry between the two colleges. However, both Dean Bertoline and Dean Mung Chiang from the College of Engineering said collaboration is the way of the future in these industries.
Dean Chiang said the new building will help them give the best learning environment for students.
"More high school students and their families wanting to come and join us," he said. "We are going to provide them the very best education opportunities in the new building."
The new building will nearly double the density of square feet in this central part of Purdue's campus. The Board of Trustees voted to name it Dudley Hall in recognition of alumni Bill and Marty Dudley's support of both the College of Engineering and the Polytechnic Institute.
Construction begins in spring of 2020 and is expected to be complete in time for the 2022-23 academic year.