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December 14, 2013

Trustees approve West Lafayette land deal, Indianapolis lease, main campus improvements

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Saturday (Dec. 14) approved an exchange of land in West Lafayette between the university and Purdue Research Foundation.

On Friday (Dec. 13) the board's Physical Facilities Committee also authorized a lease renewal for space in INTECH Park in Indianapolis and the planning for improvements to the Horticulture, Physics and Krannert buildings on the West Lafayette campus.

The land exchange between the university and Purdue Research Foundation involves a 14-acre university tract at the corner of Airport Road and U.S. 231 and a 23-acre PRF tract at the corner of Cherry Lane and McCormick Road. PRF intends to use the acquired land for commercial development along the U.S. 231 corridor. The university is acquiring the land adjacent to the Ackerman Hills golf course that will accommodate a future project on the existing course.

The renewed lease at 6640 Intech Blvd., approved by the Physical Facilities Committee, will increase Purdue office space from the current 7,276 square feet to 9,046 square feet. The space will continue to be shared between Purdue's Technical Assistance Program and the Purdue College of Pharmacy's Center for Medication Safety Advancement group.

Founded in 2010 as a two-person organization, CMSA has grown to include five full-time staffers, a full-time research fellow and one to three pharmacy students. The five-year lease, which begins on April 1, will be paid from program revenue.

On Friday, the Physical Facilities Committee approved resolutions to hire architectural/engineering firms to plan for improvements to three buildings:

* Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber of Cincinnati will conduct the engineering work necessary to plan for the replacement and rezoning of major air handling units for the entire Krannert Building.

* Nova Engineering, PC of Schererville, Ind., will conduct engineering work necessary to plan for the replacement of the electrical distribution system in the Horticulture Building, including the high-voltage vault.

* Applied Engineering Services of Indianapolis will design the first phase of work to replace and upgrade the secondary electrical distribution throughout the southern portion of the Physics Building. 

Writer: Jim Schenke, 765-237-7296, jschenke@urdue.edu 

Sources: Robert E. Olson, university engineer, 765-494-8000, rolsonjr@purdue.edu

Ken L. Sandel, director of physical and capital planning, sandel@purdue.edu 

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