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August 5, 1996

Trustees' Executive Committee acts on contracts, b'ball tickets

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Executive Committee of Purdue University's Board of Trustees Friday (8/2) awarded construction contracts for the new Food Science Building at West Lafayette and approved increases in tickets for all seats in Mackey Arena for men's basketball this fall.

The 125,000-square-foot Food Science Building will house laboratories, classrooms and offices for the Department of Food Science in the School of Agriculture.

The building, scheduled for completion in summer 1998, will be three stories with a basement and will be built on open ground on the Agricultural Mall between the Horticulture Building and the Agriculture and Biological Engineering Building. In addition to 80 offices, the building will contain five classrooms and teaching laboratories and 38 research laboratories.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the building were July 3.

Awarded the general contract was Kettelhut Construction Inc., Lafayette , in the amount of $5.7 million. The masonry construction contract went to Don Scharer Masonry Inc., West Lafayette , in the amount of $1.8 million. Central Indiana Glass and Glazing Inc., Lafayette , was awarded the glass and glazing construction contract totaling $276,600. The roofing, siding and roof accessories construction contract went to W.R. Kelso Co. Inc., Indianapolis , for $219,570. Harry J. Kloeppel & Associates, Glenview, Ill. , will do casework construction with a contract totaling $1.3 million.

The elevator construction contract went to Dover Elevator Co., Memphis, Tenn. , in the amount of $166,400. The PIPCO Companies Ltd., Lafayette , was awarded the mechanical construction contract totaling $5.4 million. The fire protection construction contract was awarded to Firematic Sprinkler Co. Inc., Lawrenceburg , for $162,705. International Test and Balance Inc., Glenview, Ill. , will do mechanical testing and balancing work with a contract totaling $23,500. The electrical construction contract, in the amount of $2.9 million, went to Long Electric Co. Inc., Indianapolis .

The bid for construction of walk-in coolers and environmental rooms was rejected.

Frederick R. Ford, Purdue executive vice president and treasurer, said the total contract amount, $18.1 million, will be incorporated into a range of related project expenses, including architect fees, landscaping, computer equipment, and cold rooms, freezers and environmental rooms, for a total project budget of $21.2 million. Funds for the project come from bonding authority granted by the Indiana General Assembly in 1995.

Prices for lower-level seats in Mackey Arena last were raised in 1994; other prices haven't changed since 1992.

Kenneth P. Burns, vice president for business services and assistant treasurer, said the increases bring Purdue's average basketball ticket price to $15.66.

The 1996-97 men's basketball ticket prices are:


Sources: Frederick R. Ford, (765) 494-9705

Kenneth P. Burns, (765) 494-9706; home, (765) 463-7821; Internet,

James A. Vruggink, director, Athletic Public Relations, (765) 494-3196; home, (317) 463-6570

Writers: Victor B. Herr, (765) 494-2077; Internet,

Amanda Siegfried, (765) 494-4709;

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