Discovery Park


Discovery Park Facilities

Facilities in the park attract researchers and students from all 10 West Lafayette colleges, the Purdue University regional campuses, and the Indiana University School of Medicine. The park is developed on about 40 acres bounded by State Street on the north, Nimitz Drive on the south, Airport Road on the west, and South Martin Jischke Drive on the east.

Equipment added to date: $27 million
Laboratory space added to date: 113,000 square feet
Office space added to date: 93,000 square feet
Economic impact
$234 million in sponsored research funding since 2009
$205 million of private donations invested in facilities
Unique features
All facilities are shared. Highly collaborative, interdisciplinary projects are connected throughout Purdue and to Purdue Research Parks. Technology commercialization is facilitated through the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship and the University's strong partnership with the Purdue Research Park. Discovery Park also is home to Purdue's Alfred Mann Institute for Biomedical Development, known as AMIPurdue. Discovery Park’s sixth facility, the $14.9 million Multidisciplinary Cancer Research Facility, is scheduled to open in 2013. This 30,000-square-foot building will house investigators from the National Cancer Institute designated Purdue University Center for Cancer Research to work on innovative animal models, development of new therapeutics and in-vivo animal imaging.

Hall for Discovery and Learning Research

Discovery Learning Research CenterOpened: Fall 2009
$25 million
Major funding:
Sally and Ken Mason, Susan Bulkeley Butler
Space: More than 80,000 net square feet, including 40,000 square feet for labs, offices, conferences and meetings.
Building is home to Discovery Learning Research Center, which focuses on a state-of-the-art learning, science, and project laboratory. Experts in academia, industry and K-12 education converge to perform educational research and innovation to revolutionize discipline learning in STEM fields - science, technology, engineering and math. Center organizes undergraduate student research internships. Facility houses offices for the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence and Discovery Park's P-12 STEM education program. It's also headquarters for the George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, or NEES, a $105 million project funded by the National Science Foundation
that is advancing research and education to reduce the devastation and loss of human life from earthquakes and tsunamis. Building also is home to the Alfred Mann Institute for Biomedical Development (AMIPurdue), which focuses on commercializing Purdue’s innovative health-care technologies.
Unique Features
Flexible experimental learning environments foster multidisciplinary research collaboration. Large learning research space has 100 seats; smaller research spaces seat up to 36 students. Large science and project labs provide research environments to support wet and dry labs and technology-intensive learning. Facility supports large- and small-group learning. Instrumentation lab, administered by Purdue's Center for Analytical Instrumentation Development (CAID), provides learning in drug discovery, clinical diagnostics, environmental monitoring, and combating chemical and biological terrorism.

Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship

Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship Opened: 2004
Cost: $7 million
Major funding: Burton D. Morgan Foundation
Space: 26,000 net square feet, including 15,000 square feet for classrooms, computer labs, meetings and conference space.
Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship and Oncological Sciences Center are housed here. This
facility also provides space for the Center for Regional Development and the Small Business Development Office. The building offers central meeting places for workshops, seminars and classes, and works in conjunction with all Discovery Park centers and the Purdue Research Park.
Unique Features
The facility is home to four pieces of artwork by Frederic Remington, donated by Don M. Newman. The sculpture in the front hall is titled "The Stampede." Other Remingtons in the building are "Coming Through the Rye," "The Outlaw" and "Polo." The café area showcases original artwork by Jim Davis titled "Garfield." "Light Bulb," a painting by Salvador Dali, is on the second floor. The facility won the Boston Society of Architects' 2005 Design Excellence Honor Award.

Mann Hall

Gerald D. and Edna E. Mann Hall

Opened: 2007
Cost: $12.4 million
Major funding: Gerald D. and Edna E. Mann
Space: 45,000 net square feet, including 20,000 square feet for office, conference and research space.
This facility is home to Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering and Purdue Homeland Security Institute. Facility also houses Purdue's Global Sustainability
Initiative, which includes Purdue's Energy Center, Center for the Environment, Purdue Water Community, Center for Global Food Security and Purdue Climate Change Research Center. This initiative leads research in biofuels, solar, wind, clean coal, nuclear, batteries, water and hydrogen, as well as biodiversity, climate change, the carbon cycle, hydroclimatology, weather extremes and food security issues. Energy Center efforts include Purdue’s Green Building Initiative, Center for Coal Technology Research and Advanced Ground-Vehicle Power project. The Center for Environment leads Species Naming and Conservation Initiative, Sensory Landscapes and Intelligent Monitoring (SLIM) project, the Living Laboratory on the Wabash River (LLOW) preservation project, and the U.S. State Department-funded U.S.-China EcoPartnership.
Unique features
Building's architect and interior designer are from first women-owned firm to design a Purdue facility. Design features include flexible layout for new projects,
and contemporary, open spaces to foster interdisciplinary collaboration. Mann Hall has videoconference and electronic capabilities in conference and meeting rooms.

Bindley Bioscience Center

Bindley Bioscience Center Opened: 2005
Cost: $15 million
Major funding: William E. Bindley
Space: 48,000 net square feet, including 20,000 square feet of lab space to facilitate research activity of multiple life sciences teams in parallel. Labs are organized by function rather than by projects. Facility offers six large, open and flexible laboratories with seven core research capabilities: biomolecular technologies; computational life sciences and informatics; molecular biophysics; bionanotechnology; cytomics; imaging; and translational pharmacology.
Bindley houses a National Institutes of Healthfunded research center that’s exploring proteomics for cancer biomarkers and a Department of Energy Frontiers Research Center (EFRC). Bindley is home to the Center for Global Research and Intervention in Infectious Diseases and
plays a central role for the Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Research core activity in metabolomics, proteomics and cytomics supports dozens of academic and corporate projects. An integrated screening lab combines diverse technologies for robotic and automated analyses of drug-like compounds, microbial diversity and biomolecular interactions. Physiological Sensing Facility in Bindley develops and implements innovative multimodal sensors in biological systems. Bindley’s Center for Analytical Instrumentation Development, supported by National Science Foundation, Transportation Security Administration and NIH, is developing next generations of research instrumentation.
Unique Features
The facility's equipment, technology, state-of-the-art labs and research expertise have sparked life science and bioscience research collaborations with state, regional, national and international industry partners. Skywalk connecting Bindley to Birck Nanotechnology Center facilitates inter-center bionanotechnology research.

Birck Nanotechnology Center

Birck Nanotechnology Center Opened: 2005
Cost: $58 million
Major funding: Michael J. and Katherine R. (Kay) Birck, Don andCarol Scifres, William B. and Mary Jane Elmore, and Kevin G. Hall
207,000 net square feet, including 25,000 square feet of a class 1-10-100 nanofabrication cleanroom, the Scifres Nanofabrication
Laboratory. A portion of the cleanroom is configured as a biological/pharmaceutical cleanroom to facilitate bionanotechnology research in collaboration with Bindley Bioscience Center. Birck includes 22,000 square feet of lab space to support collaborative research by resident and nonresident users. Surface analysis facility provides analytical services to support a wide variety of research. Facility includes nanotech labs to support and facilitate technology transfer and entrepreneurship.
Birck is home to the National Nuclear Security Administration's Center for Prediction of Reliability, Integrity and Survivability of Microsystems (PRISM), and the Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) as well as its nanoHUB website. Birck provides capabilities in nanoscale metrology; materials growth and deposition; nanoelectronics and microelectronics; microelectromechanical and nanoelectromechanical systems; energy conversion; nanofabrication; electronic and physical characterization; nanophotonics; bionanotechnology; nanochemistry; and theory and computation.
Unique Features
Highly collaborative atmosphere is supported by functionally designated labs, including lab space for industry partners and companies. Facility includes fabricationteaching lab in Scifres Nanofabrication Laboratory for advanced undergraduate students. Controlled Environments Magazine honored Birck with the Facility of the Year award in 2007.

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West Lafayette, IN 47907