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Content updates in process due to organizational changes

Welcome to the Campus Planning website. All functions previously addressed by the Physical and Capital Planning unit have been incorporated into the Physical Facilities organization, including the oversight of all activities associated with planning, financing and gaining approval for the construction of new facilities and the Repair and Rehabilitation program. In the coming weeks, the Campus Planning website will be reformatted. The structure and appearance of the information will be adjusted to reflect the updated organizational structure of the unit.

Campus Planning oversees all activities associated with planning, financing, gaining approval for construction of new facilities and the Repair and Rehabilitation Program. In addition, Campus Planning is responsible for maintaining an up-to-date inventory and assessment of all physical facilities and ensuring that all capital processes are evolving toward a more efficient and sustainable campus. The responsibility of the Campus Planning staff is to:

  • Ensure that capital projects are planned and designed in accordance with the University strategic plan, campus master plan and campus design standards

  • Provide oversight of all Campus Planning activities including prioritizing resource allocations and coordinating the Campus Planning approval processes

  • Coordinate the activities of the Capital Projects Council

  • Oversee the biennial process for the development of the legislative capital request

About Us

Campus Planning is part of the Physical Facilities organization at Purdue University.  We serve our clients through quality planning and professional support throughout the Campus Planning process to support effective stewardship of the University's physical assets.

Our department is comprised of the following areas which, together, serve the University community’s facilities planning needs:

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Contact Us

If you need additional assistance, you may contact our Campus Planning at (765) 494-8002 or email

Our Mission

To create and sustain facilities that are safe, functional and meet the architectural vision for the campus. Our work entails preplanning and design of new facilities, renovation of existing facilities, planning new uses of university lands and the selection of site features including sculptures, monuments, memorials and exterior art work. This mission is guided by the University Master Plan and is in accordance with the University Strategic Plan that is approved by the President and Board of Trustees.  All development is subject to the by-laws of the University and statutes of the State of Indiana that pertain to capital projects. Integral to our mission is to develop a campus that unifies Purdue University, the City of West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County.

Our Role

Campus Planning is responsible for planning and oversight of the long-range physical development for each of the campuses within the Purdue University system. All initial plans for campus development, including planning studies and conceptual designs for new buildings, major remodeling, site development and any site features are processed through this area.

Campus design standards for architecture, landscape architecture, civil engineering, ADA compliance and/or related disciplines are established and maintained by our staff. Our senior staff reviews all projects and collaborates with staff from Energy and Construction (E&C) to ensure compliance with campus standards.

Campus Planning collaborates with local municipalities and state agencies on planning and information management projects that benefit the Purdue system and its neighboring communities.

For projects throughout the University system that require the consulting services of professional architects or engineers and where a formal selection process is required by the Board of Trustees, Campus Planning is responsible for the design/engineering consultant selection process.

Our Responsibility

  • Campus master planning and the capital project planning process
  • Architectural Selection for all capital projects
  • Campus design standards for project planning; ADA implementation; Exterior material selection for campus buildings
  • Initial project scope, schedule and budget development for specific capital projects
    • Initial project budget for
      • Site development
      • Utilities/Infrastructure
      • Program space
  • Selection of exterior building finishes and materials
  • Facilitation of the Capital Coordinating Committee (C3) and Capital Projects Council (CPC) meetings
    • Assist in the gathering of documentation for presentation to committee(s)
    • Edit presented information and distribute for CPC meeting
  • Project documentation development for Board of Trustee meetings
  • Project documentation development for State Approvals
    • Indiana Commission on Higher Education (ICHE)
    • State Budget Agency
    • Governor
    • General Assembly
  • Review capital projects for conformance to departmental design standards
  • Preliminary project budget development for specific capital projects
    • Compile historical information for budget development
  • Ten-Year Capital Budget Request development
    • Seek out and facilitate needs from all colleges and schools
    • Document administrative areas
    • Establish conceptual scope, schedule and budget for each new facility request by deans/vice presidents
    • Work with Space Management and Academic Scheduling (SMAS) and deans/vice presidents to consolidate and finalize facility need list
    • Present consolidated facility needs list to C3 for approval and submittal to Capital Projects Council (CPC) and Board of Trustees (BOT)


Campus Planning supports sustainable design and construction and is working to incorporate sustainable practices into all University capital projects.  Additionally, several Campus Planning staff are LEED Accredited Professionals.


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