WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University is establishing a new way to contribute to Indiana's vital food industry by opening a new animal services complex on campus.
Thursday a ceremony and dedication is being held inside the new facility. The Creighton Hall of Science and the Land O'Lake Inc. Center for Experiential Learning makes up the complex.
Crews first broke ground back in 2015. The $60,000,000 complex is located at the corner of Harrison and Russell Streets. New classrooms, labs and interactive spaces were created for faculty and students. Animal Science Professor Alan Mathew said it's wonderful to finally see the complex open.
"The new laboratories in particular will allow us to do research that we haven't be able to do in older facilities including research at the cellular and molecular level that has relevance not only for animal health, but also human health," said Mathew.
Mathew said the students are already taking advantage of this new complex. Doors opened at the beginning of the 2018 spring semester.
"They finally have space to conduct their studies and again gather as groups, as clubs and teams," Mathew said. "We couldn't be happier for them as well as our stakeholders."
The dedication will start at 11 a.m. and 400 guests are expected to come out. President Mitch Daniels will be in attendance to share a few words. There will be tours of the facility right after.