Purdue releases plan for next 50 years

There are five key goals for the master plan at Purdue University.

Posted: Oct 12, 2018 6:38 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — For the past two years, Purdue University Physical Facilities has been looking into ways to plan for the next 50 years. Friday it was approved by the Purdue Board of Trustees. 

The plan focuses on five key goals:

• Invest in teaching, research and collaborative spaces.
• Prioritize strategic renovations.
• Focus housing and dining investments.
• Enhance open space connectivity and campus circulation.
• Strengthen campus identity and gateways.

“Throughout the course of developing this master plan, we took our time gathering data, listening to the feedback we received and prioritizing the themes that resonated and best supported the university’s strategic vision,” said Michael Gulich, director of campus master planning and sustainability.

You can expect new gateways around campus. Specifically one at Grant and State Street.

"It's going to change how people feel when they're on campus. It's going to be more inviting," said Michael Berghoff, the Chairman of Purdue's Board of Trustees. "It's going to hopefully turn it into a more destination location."

The plan addresses the housing crisis by adding more than 1,000 beds.

Purdue wants to enhance open space connectivity and campus circulation with projects like turning 3rd street into a pedestrian mall.

"Car traffic will be taken away and it will allow the students who come in mass from the West side to the East side to walk in a more comfortable more safe environment," said Berghoff. 

Memorial Mall and Agriculture Mall will look much different and the University will work to bridge what it calls the "island" between the south side of campus near State Street to the north near Owen Hall and Stadium Drive. West Lafayette. This is expected compliment the work and the development being done in the Discovery Park district and through private organizations near campus.

Ultimately, West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis said if you like what you see now at Purdue,

"Standby, the future is just going to be amazing for West Lafayette and for Purdue University," said Dennis. 

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