July 6, 2023

$1.3B investments in Purdue University facilities for students and faculty

Purdue University on Thursday (July 6) issued a 2023 snapshot of recently completed, ongoing and planned capital projects demonstrating more than $1.3 billion in facilities investments, which are taking place alongside the Board of Trustees’ approval in June of the 11th and 12th consecutive years of frozen tuition.

The investments in Purdue’s physical campus align closely with the university’s strategic initiatives, including Purdue University in Indianapolis, Purdue Computes, the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business, national security and technology, digital agriculture, transformative education, athletics, and the universitywide Action Council on Student Housing and Wellbeing.

“The Purdue team continues to work hard to invest in the places and programs for excellence at scale, and such investments are indeed at scale,” said Purdue President Mung Chiang. “We thank all sources of funding, including state appropriations and philanthropic gifts that provide the majority of the funding, for enabling the university to invest in Boilermakers’ future.”

The major capital project map shows upcoming planned investments in student housing as student enrollment continues to grow, including Hillenbrand Residence Hall South under planning and the Purdue Research Foundation’s recently approved 3rd and McCormick Housing development.

Projects in support of academics and the learning environment include both the construction of new facilities and strategic renovations of existing facilities to implement campuswide classroom and libraries enhancements, support the colleges of Liberal Arts and Engineering, and create a home for the growing data science program.

“In order to support student affordability and sustainability, we pursue a balanced capital approach at Purdue,” said Michael B. Cline, senior vice president of Administrative Operations. “We prioritize renovations and repurposing existing space before we consider replacing facilities or constructing new facilities.”  

Investments in the existing Birck Nanotechnology Center and construction of the Hypersonics and Applied Research Facility, a new phenotyping greenhouse and a new high-speed propulsion lab in Zucrow Laboratories, ensure Purdue researchers have access to the space and latest technologies needed to address critical global challenges around a variety of topics stretching from semiconductors to food systems to national defense.

“When you look at the recent and upcoming capital projects on a map, you see that they truly reach all corners of the West Lafayette campus,” said Michael Berghoff, chair of Purdue’s Board of Trustees. “This breadth of work demonstrates the university’s dedication to providing students, faculty, staff and alumni with the environment they need to pursue their education, research, career and more.”

The investments in capital projects come from a broad range of funding sources, including university funds, state allocations and donor gifts. The Indiana General Assembly funded numerous capital projects in the two-year budget adopted this spring, including, but not limited to, the Nursing and Pharmacy Education Building and an academic and student success building as part of Purdue University in Indianapolis.


Dudley Hall and Lambertus Hall

Mechanical Engineering Building Renovation

Libraries Renovations

Max W. & Maileen Brown Family Hall First-Floor Renovation

University Hall and Related Renovations

Nursing and Pharmacy Education Building (under planning)

Data Science, Stewart Center and Related Renovations

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business (under planning)

Campuswide Classroom Renovations


3rd and McCormick Housing

Hillenbrand Residence Hall South (under planning)


Life Sciences Ranges Phenotyping Greenhouse Building

Birck Nanotechnology Center Cleanroom Modernization

Zucrow High-Speed Propulsion Lab

Hypersonics and Applied Research Facility Building


Ross-Ade Stadium Renovation

Mackey Arena Locker Rooms Renovation

Pete Dye Clubhouse


Purdue Airport Terminal (under planning)

Purdue Memorial Union Second-Floor Hospitality Renovations

Chilled Water Capacity Enhancement Projects

Discovery Park District

Ascension St. Vincent


Beck's Barn

Other Campuses

Indianapolis Academic Student Success Center (Purdue University in Indianapolis) (under planning)

Rhinehart Music Center Addition (Purdue Fort Wayne) (under planning)

Download the major capital project map available online.

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a public research institution with Excellence at Scale. Ranked among top 10 public universities (Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal and QS), with two colleges in the top 4 in the United States (U.S. News & World Report), Purdue discovers and disseminates knowledge with a quality and at a scale second to none. More than 105,000 students study at Purdue across modalities and locations, with 50,000 in person on the West Lafayette campus. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue’s main campus has frozen tuition 12 years in a row. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap, including its first comprehensive urban campus in Indianapolis, the new Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business, and Purdue Innovates, at https://stories.purdue.edu.

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