WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (PURDUE) — Purdue Trustees on Friday approved the terms of a public-private partnership to construct two new residence halls on the university’s West Lafayette campus and signed off on several other campus construction projects.
The board gave authority to Purdue treasurer and chief financial officer Bill Sullivan to negotiate and finalize the agreement. Construction on the buildings is expected to begin later this year with both halls scheduled to be finished for the 2020-2021 academic year.
“On-campus living is correlated with higher GPAs and retention rates and a quicker time to graduation. This partnership will provide a solid foundation for even more Boilermakers who wish to reap these benefits,” said Beth McCuskey, vice provost for student life.
Third Street North will be located north of the Black Cultural Center along Russell Street and will include 570 beds. Meredith South will be located south of the existing Meredith Residence Hall along First Street and will include 728 beds. Purdue Dining & Catering will manage “grab and go” dining operations at both residence halls.