February 23, 2001
New Krannert School building wins architectural design award
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Jerry S. Rawls Hall, the future addition to Purdue University's Krannert School of Management, has received an architectural design citation.
AS&U magazine's Architectural Portfolio awards cited the building's "center space [that] will be inspiring and at the heart of the school. This design uses massive natural lighting and great open space." The annual awards highlight excellence in the design of educational facilities.
"This award recognizes the Krannert School alumni and corporate partners who have given so generously to make our new building not only wonderfully functional but also well designed and aesthetically pleasing," said Richard A. Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management.
Rawls Hall, a state-of-the-art $37 million building, is the centerpiece in the Krannert School's $55 million "Krannert at the Frontier" campaign. To date the campaign has raised $40 million.
Groundbreaking is scheduled to take place this spring, and the facility will be ready for occupancy for the fall 2003 semester.
"The building will be technologically state of the art," said G. Logan Jordan, assistant dean for administration. "All classrooms and study areas will be wired for the Internet. The commons area will have walk-up Web kiosks and wireless access to university libraries and the Internet.
"All classrooms will have the latest audio-visual presentation equipment, and the facility will have a media production center. There is also a classroom suite for distance learning, both two-way and multisite."
Rawls, a 1968 master's degree graduate and president and CEO of Finisar Corp., a Silicon Valley optical networking company located in Mountain View, Calif., gave $10 million for the four-story, 128,000 square-foot building. The facility will be located on Grant Street across from the Krannert Building.
"This is a very exciting project and a very beautiful building," Rawls said. "The lecture hall, classrooms, breakout rooms and offices have been well planned for student and faculty comfort and will also include state-of-the-art computer and communication networks. The open multistory foyer will be spectacular. The new building will be a terrific competitive asset for Krannert."
The architects for Rawls Hall are Scholer Corp. Architect/Engineers of Lafayette and Goody, Clancy & Associates of Boston.
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Construction of the technologically state-of-the-art Jerry S. Rawls Hall will begin this spring. The 128,000 square-foot building will be ready for occupancy in the fall 2003 semester.