August 28, 2023

Work progresses on several capital projects as new academic year begins on West Lafayette campus

pt-fall-construction-800x533 John R. Wooden Drive will remain closed for the rest of the month as renovations at Ross-Ade Stadium are completed. The road is expected to open in time for the first home football game on Sept. 2. (Photo provided by Administrative Operations Communications) Download image

Progress on various capital projects will continue on the West Lafayette campus as another academic year begins. In addition to campus construction, projects throughout the city of West Lafayette could also have an impact on travel.

The following road, sidewalk and parking restrictions will be in place in the coming months:

  • Ross-Ade Stadium: John R. Wooden Drive will remain closed throughout the month of August from north of Tower Drive to south of Joe Tiller Drive as renovations at Ross-Ade Stadium wrap up. Both sidewalks on either side of John R. Wooden Drive also remain closed. Additionally, Tower Drive from John R. Wooden Drive to Steven C. Beering Drive has been converted to a one-way for westbound traffic only. The closure and impacts are expected to be lifted in time for the first home football game on Sept. 2.
  • Life Science Ranges Phenotyping Greenhouse Building: South Russell Street, just south of Mitch Daniels Boulevard, is scheduled to close Sept. 5 for construction of the Life Science Ranges Phenotyping Greenhouse Building. The closure is expected to last until January 2025.
  • Max W & Maileen Brown Family Hall: As part of renovations for the Max W & Maileen Brown Family Hall (BHEE), temporary walls block off the first-floor construction area. All building entrances remain open with access to the lower and upper floors. The main lecture hall, BHEE 129, is still accessible from the main entry off of Northwestern Avenue. The renovations are expected to be complete in August 2024.
  • Data Science: As progress continues on renovations for the new data science facility, formerly Schleman Hall of Student Services, the building remains closed, and some exterior restrictions remain in place. These restrictions include fenced-off sidewalks around the facility and a partial closure of the Armory parking lot. The renovations are expected to be complete in spring 2024.
  • Black Cultural Center and Third Street: Fencing remains near the west side of the Black Cultural Center as a utility project nears completion. Access to the main entrance of the center is still being maintained with the west entrance serving as an emergency exit only. The Third Street corridor remains open while fencing is in place. The project is expected to be completed in mid-October.

Additionally, the university recently reduced speed limits in an effort to increase safety on and around campus.

The projects listed above are part of a 2023 snapshot of recently completed, ongoing and planned capital projects demonstrating more than $1.3 billion in facilities investments. The projects are outlined on a recently created major capital project map, which also shows upcoming planned investments in student housing.

Updates about capital and road projects will continue to be posted on the Physical Facilities construction and travel notices webpage.

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