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May 24, 1996

Asbestos removal leads list of capital projects

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Funding for asbestos removal in a building at Purdue Calumet is the top priority among capital requests Purdue University will make to the Indiana General Assembly in the 1997 session.

The asbestos-removal project in the Anderson Building represents a change in priorities in the long-term capital plans of the university. The Purdue Board of Trustees today (Friday, 5/24) approved moving the Calumet project to the top of the list.

A consultant's report indicates that asbestos in the Anderson Building should be removed soon, and completion of the planned Classroom/Office Building at Calumet will allow Anderson Building occupants and operations to be moved into that building temporarily. Construction on the Classroom/Office Building is scheduled to start this summer.

"The new building should be completed in September 1998, and we can move offices and people from Anderson into the new building during the abatement project," said Frederick R. Ford, executive vice president and treasurer. "This represents ideal timing, because we will have to vacate Anderson to remove the asbestos and do necessary reconstruction."

The estimated cost of the asbestos-removal and renovation project is $8 million.

The Anderson Building, dedicated in 1969, is one of 12 major buildings on the Calumet campus, located in Hammond. The building is used for classrooms, laboratories and offices, and is home to the School of Professional Studies and four departments: manufacturing technology, construction technology, management and mathematics.

The total capital request for the West Lafayette, Calumet, Fort Wayne and North Central campuses for 1997-99 totals $73.8 million, not including $27.8 million for repair and rehabilitation of existing buildings on all campuses. The $27.8 million figure also includes estimated costs for upkeep and replacement of utility systems, sidewalks and streets, collectively known as infrastructure.

State-assisted universities submit capital requests in priority order. Purdue's second priority is additional funding for three buildings that received authorization in 1995, but at lower levels than requested. Those projects, the campuses involved and the amounts needed to complete them are: Food Science/Biotechnology Building, West Lafayette, $10.5 million; Classroom/Office Building, Calumet, $1.8 million; and Science Building, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, $6.6 million.

The third and fourth priorities in the capital request are a boiler life extension and utility expansion project for West Lafayette, the projected cost of which is $35 million, and a $12 million Multipurpose Building for the North Central campus.


Sources: Frederick R. Ford, executive vice president and treasurer, (765) 494-9705; home, (765) 463-2037

James W. Yackel, chancellor, Purdue Calumet, (219) 989-2204; home, (219) 844-9247;


Writer: Jay Cooperider, (765) 494-9573; home, (765) 497-6446; Internet,

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