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New facility hopes to bring innovators and tech companies to West Lafayette

The Convergence Center for Innovation and Collaboration is a 145,000 square foot building will be a hub for innovation on Purdue's campus.

Posted: Oct. 17, 2018 5:33 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - New innovators and tech companies are coming to Purdue, thanks to the Research Foundation. A new 145,000 square foot building will be a hub for innovation.

The Convergence Center for Innovation and Collaboration will serve as an entryway to the Discovery Park District. The Convergence Center will also have retail space on the first floor. Spaces are being offered to bring global tech companies to Purdue. Some of those spaces have already been filled by global companies.

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis is confident the new building will benefit more than just the Purdue community. ”It provides for helping us recruit quality students. It helps us recruit quality businesses. It also gives us stats as a community when we look to grow,” said Dennis.

Purdue Research Foundation President Brian Edelman said Purdue's global reputation will draw companies from around the world. "These are companies that are very interested in research, the technologies and students of Purdue University,” said Edelman.

Construction on the center broke ground in September. It is scheduled to be completed in January of 2020.

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