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August 22, 2013

Campus construction continuing this fall

Ralph and Bettye Bailey Hall

Construction on Ralph and Bettye Bailey Hall began over the summer. Upon completion in fall 2014, it will house the Purdue Musical Organization’s (PMO) offices and rehearsal spaces. (Purdue University photo/Mark Simons)
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Over the summer months, Project Management and Construction, a unit of Physical Facilities, completed more than 74 interior and exterior campus projects. Some notable project completions are Ray W. Herrick Laboratories, a large water main project along South University Street and multiple city projects along Northwestern Avenue.

The most current construction information is available at Physical Facilities Construction Notices and Maps.

As faculty, staff and students begin the fall semester, some projects will remain ongoing.

Northwestern Avenue projects

A few Purdue Research Foundation, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and City of West Lafayette projects will continue to affect Northwestern Avenue into the fall semester and potentially beyond.

* The construction of Wang Hall, a Purdue Research Foundation facility, could result in intermittent closures of the easternmost northbound lane adjacent to the construction site across from the Physics Building.

* The construction of 720 Northwestern Avenue, across from Mackey Arena, will reduce Northwestern Avenue to one lane northbound in front of the construction site until mid-2014.

* INDOT is patching and resurfacing Northwestern Avenue from Cherry Lane past Yeager Road to U.S. 52, and this work should be complete by Labor Day weekend. Other items in the area, including curb ramps, pavement markings and shoulder work, will continue into late September.

* In September and October, the City of West Lafayette will be installing landscaping and street and trail lighting between Cherry Lane and Yeager Road. A new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Northwestern Avenue and Lindberg Road. During project working hours, temporary lane restrictions will be in place.

Mathematical Sciences Plaza

The project on and around the Mathematical Sciences Plaza will continue into the fall semester with ongoing work on tunnel and water main repairs and updates to landscape and hardscape. The construction area will continue to be contained by fencing.

Seng Liang Wang Hall

A new Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) facility, Wang Hall (WANG) will house laboratories, offices, conference rooms and support facilities for the Purdue University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering upon its completion in 2014.

Ralph and Bettye Bailey Hall

Construction on Bailey Hall (BALY) began over the summer, and upon completion in fall 2014, it will house the Purdue Musical  Organizations (PMO) offices and rehearsal spaces. The site is south of the intersection of Grant Street and Northwestern.

Ray W. Herrick Laboratories

Opening this fall, Herrick Laboratories will function as a research lab and provide occupants with access to building systems for the purpose of research at a level not available elsewhere on campus. Herrick Laboratories, located on the west side of Russell Street between State Street and Harrison Street, was partially funded by a National Institute of Science and Technology grant and will be dedicated this fall.

Center for Student Excellence and Leadership

Located at the corner of Third Street and Martin Jischke Drive, the Center for Student Excellence and Leadership (CSEL) will provide a space for programs that help retain students and support their success at Purdue. It is expected to be completed in summer 2014.

Vawter Field Housing

Also expected to be complete in summer 2014 and located beside the Center for Student Excellence and Leadership, Vawter Field Housing (the project name) will be a residence hall with an emphasis on supporting student learning and improving academic success.

Lyles-Porter Hall

The new Lyles-Porter Hall (LYLE) will combine the departments of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, clinical facilities and medical education (IU School of Medicine - Lafayette). Construction is anticipated to be complete in late spring 2014 with the facility being operational for fall semester 2014.

Drug Discovery Research Facility

The new Drug Discovery Research Facility (DDRF) will provide biochemistry research space related to drug discovery and will be complete in spring 2014.

Harrison Street Parking Garage

Expected to accommodate 850 vehicles, the Harrison Street Parking Garage (PGH) is anticipated to be open in fall 2014.

U.S. 231 Bypass

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) continues to work on the U.S. 231 Bypass project from South River Road to U.S. 52. Officials expect the bypass to open on Sept. 13.