March 20, 2018

Purdue University issues Request for Proposals for two new residence halls

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Earlier this month, Purdue University issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop, design, build, finance, operate and maintain two new undergraduate student housing facilities on the West Lafayette campus under a public-private partnership. 

A public-private partnership (P3) allows for more innovation in project design and execution, allowing projects to be completed on a shorter timeline.

“The creation of new undergraduate housing will help address an existing wait list,” said Michael B. Cline, Purdue vice president for administrative operations, “and by using a P3 to deliver the project, there will be significant opportunities to save time and money.”

The locations of the housing facilities are defined in the RFP as the “Third Street North” site, located north of the Black Cultural Center and west of North Russell Street, and the “Meredith South” site, located just south of the existing Meredith Residence Hall and north of First Street.

In total, the project is expected to add approximately 1,100 beds, and no existing housing facilities will be removed in order to construct the two residence halls.

Design and construction teams must submit proposals by noon April 20. The university will then evaluate the submissions and determine the preferred proposal. Additional Board of Trustees approvals will be sought if the submitted proposals meet the university’s initial qualifications and expectations. It is anticipated that commercial close will occur in October 2018 with construction beginning shortly thereafter.

“The goal is to have the new residence halls available for the 2020-2021 academic year,” Cline said.

Construction logistics and housing operation and maintenance arrangements will be finalized as the project progresses.

Contact: Rebecca Terry, communications coordinator, administrative operations, 765-494-6916

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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