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February 8, 2002

Purdue trustees OK more than $30.5 million in building projects

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Board of Trustees today (Friday, 2/8) approved construction of a $23.5 million addition to the School of Chemical Engineering building and a new $7 million Center for Entrepreneurship in Discovery Park.

The board also approved a lease of land to the Ross-Ade Foundation for the construction of the first student housing at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. The foundation will contract with a developer to build and operate a housing complex for nearly 600 students.

In other action, the board approved naming the new $16 million alumni center for longtime Purdue benefactors Richard and Sandy Dauch.

Other construction projects approved include:

• The first phase of a $1.5 million infrastructure project that will supply utilities to the Discovery Park complex and its first building, the Birck Nanotechnology Center.

• More than $3.9 million in fire safety and other improvements to Shreve and Tarkington residence halls, as well as improvements to Hawkins Graduate House.

• A $2 million swine research complex.

• A $738,500 project to build a soccer-support facility at the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne soccer fields.

The chemical engineering facility project will provide a 98,816-gross-square-foot, five-story addition to the north side of the school's existing building. The addition will house teaching and research laboratories, offices for research programs and an interactive lecture facility.

Schmidt Associates of Indianapolis provided design, engineering and architectural services. Bids will be accepted in late spring with construction likely to begin in late summer, said Wayne Kjonnas, vice president of physical facilities.

The project is being privately funded with half of the construction and renovation costs paid by a gift from 1947 chemical engineering graduates Robert and Marilyn Glenn Forney of Unionville, Pa. Robert Forney retired in 1989 as executive vice president of DuPont, and Marilyn Glenn Forney has spent the past 20 years offering expertise in the construction of low-income housing units for the elderly and disabled in Delaware and Pennsylvania.

The School of Chemical Engineering enrolls approximately 110 graduate and 430 undergraduate students.

The new $7 million Center for Entrepreneurship is one four major centers planned for the $100 million Discovery Park complex. The research park also will include the Birck Nanotechnology Center, a bioscience/engineering center and an e-enterprises center for researchers and students in fields including electrical engineering, computer science, biology, economics, management and the liberal arts.

The 31,000-square-foot entrepreneurship center will be a two-story facility designed to connect to adjacent future buildings with overhead walkways. The project will include the construction of a 72-seat lecture room, a presentation room and several conference and break-out rooms for use by occupants in Discovery Park.

The center for entrepreneurship also will be the home of:

• The Purdue Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program, in which undergraduates work with community service agencies to find ways to use technology to solve problems and improve services.

• The Technology Transfer Initiative, which will research issues industry encounters when trying to license and market new technologies and products. It also will help faculty design courses to teach entrepreneurship.

• The Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurial Competition, in which engineering and management students work together to demonstrate their ideas for new products or services and show how they could be developed into profitable businesses.

• The Innovation Realization Lab, which pairs engineering and management graduate students on projects to help them understand the way research fits in with social and commercial needs.

• Forums where graduating students can present business plans to business and community leaders.

Goody Clancy and Associates of Boston, Mass., will provide design, architectural and engineering services. The start date is contingent upon state approval.

The $30 million Fort Wayne student housing plan calls for building a 220-unit student housing complex situated on the Indiana University-Purdue University campus in northeast Indiana. Plans call for seven three-story residential, apartment-style buildings to accommodate the regional campus' growing full-time student enrollment. Between 1995 and 2001, the number of students grew from 4,782 to 5,786.

The land lease agreement allows the Ross-Ade Foundation and a third-party developer, American Campus Communities, to enter an agreement to make the project possible.

The project is scheduled for completion by fall of 2003.

The board approved the first phase of extending utilities to serve Discovery Park's first building, the $51 million Birck Nanotechnology Center, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2004.

Utilities to be extended in this phase include steam, chilled water, power and telecommunications, which will be routed along State Street from a point east of south Intramural Drive to west of Gates Road.

American Consulting Inc., Indianapolis; Superior Engineering, Hammond, Ind.; and ZBA , Cincinnati, are collaborating as the architects and engineers for the $1.5 million project.

Funding for the project comes from the Discovery Park Development Fund, which consists primarily of private donations and state funds.

The park is being developed on about 40 acres bounded by State Street on the north, Nimitz Drive on the south, Airport Road on the west and South Intramural Drive on the east.

The residence hall projects involve three facilities:

• $2 million for the second phase of a $4.5 million three-phase project to install air conditioning, fire protection sprinklers and fire alarms in Shreve Hall.

• A $999,975 project to install ceiling and floor tiles and a sprinkler system in the Tarkington Residential Hall.

• An $886,000 project to install sprinkler and fire alarm systems in the Hawkins Graduate House.

Vintage Archonics Inc. of Fort Wayne, Ind., provided architectural and engineering services for all three. Quality Plumbing and Heating of Bunker Hill Inc. of Bunker Hill, Ind., submitted the low bid to win the construction contract for Shreve. Dalmatian Fire Inc. of Indianapolis submitted the low bid to perform the work for the other two halls.

All of these phases of the residence hall projects, funded from a repair and replacement fund, will be completed by the start of the fall semester.

The first phase of a $2 million Swine Research Complex at the West Lafayette campus includes two buildings, which will modernize Purdue’s facilities in keeping with industry standards.

Drago G. Panich and Associates of Lafayette, Ind., will provide architectural and engineering services for the combined 20,700-square-foot complex project. The project is scheduled for completion in 2003. It will be funded by the Lynnwood Endowment, which was established from the 1988 sale of the Charles Lynn family's Lynnwood Farm in Carmel, Ind.

The Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne soccer support facility will include a press box, concession sales stands, storage and restrooms and will replace temporary trailers and other facilities that are brought in for events. The project also includes modifying an existing parking lot to provide player drop-off, building an additional bridge across a canal and adding four small shelters near the new support building.

MSKTD and Associates Inc. of Fort Wayne, Ind., will serve as architect and engineer for the 3,900-square-foot building and a 2,900-square-foot observation deck. The board awarded the construction contract to Robert E. Crosby Inc. of Fort Wayne, Ind. The project will be completed later this year. Gifts provide funding for the project.

The Dauchs, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., gave a $3 million gift for the new alumni center. The Dick & Sandy Dauch Alumni Center will be home to the Purdue Alumni Association and University Development Office.

Dauch, a former Boilermaker student-athlete, and his wife of 41 years, Sandy, are responsible for more than $10 million in support in recent years. He is the co-founder, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of American Axle & Manufacturing in Detroit. Dauch earned his bachelor of science degree in industrial management and science in 1964 and received an honorary doctorate from Purdue in 1999. He also played fullback and linebacker on the Boilermaker football team from 1961 to 1963.

Construction on the three-story, 67,000-square-foot alumni center will begin this spring at the southwest corner of Grant and Wood streets, with completion expected in a year.

Writer: Grant Flora, (765) 494-2073;

Sources: Kenneth Burns, executive vice president and treasurer, (765) 494-9705;

Wayne Kjonaas, vice president for Physical Facilities, (765) 494-8000,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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