Trustees approve lab renovation, residence hall name

April 4, 2014  

WESTVILLE, Ind. - Purdue University's Board of Trustees on Friday (April 4) approved planning to renovate portions of Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering and naming the university's newest residence hall Third Street Suites.

Renovations to the laboratory space in Forney's east wing, built in 1938, include replacing existing fume hoods, installing additional hoods, and upgrading electrical systems and room finishes. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems will be upgraded, including installation of a new air-handling unit and manifold exhaust fan.

The estimated project budget for upgrades to the 23,000 gross square-foot area is approximately $6 million and will be paid for from repair and rehabilitation funds.

The new 124,189-square-foot housing project built on Vawter Field will now be known as Third Street Suites. President Mitch Daniels described the name as aligning with the facility's operational use and recommended flexibility should future naming opportunities arise. The majority of Purdue residence halls are named after notable university employees or contributors.

Expected to be complete this summer, Third Street Suites provides a 304-bed residence hall designed to support student learning and retention and improve academic success. The facility includes mixed-use retail space on the first floor and is designed to achieve a silver rating under the LEED system.

The $37.4 million project cost will be paid for from resident fees. 

Writer: Jim Schenke, 765-494-6262, 

Sources: Ken Sandel, director of physical and capital planning, 765-496-6700,

Barbara Frazee, University Residences executive director, 765-494-1000, 

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