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November 22, 1996

Trustees act on contracts, 4-year vet technology program

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue University trustees today (Friday, 11/22) awarded a $6.1 million contract for a new greenhouse complex and approved the construction of a $4 million addition to Stanley Coulter Hall.

Also, the trustees approved a right-of-way easement involving the main utility plant, leasing off-campus space in Fort Wayne, and offering a bachelor of science degree in veterinary technology. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education also must approve the baccalaureate program.

The construction contract for the horticulture greenhouses was awarded to Kettelhut Construction Inc. of Lafayette. Ten new greenhouses will be built to replace nine old ones as part of the new $28 million Food Science Building complex, a project funded by a bonding authority granted by the Indiana General Assembly in 1995. The total cost of the greenhouse project, including demolition, architect fees and utilities work, is $6.8 million. Work is slated to begin this winter.

The addition to the north end of Coulter Hall will include 27 offices for the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and seven large computer laboratories. Scholer Corp., Lafayette, will provide architectural services. The project is scheduled to begin next summer and to be completed by the summer of 1998.

The trustees also approved a right-of-way easement for the Kankakee, Beaverville & Southern Railroad. The easement, located near the Wade Utility Plant on the south side of campus, will allow the railroad to access university property in order to make changes to the present rail line. The easement also will allow the university to complete construction of the Wade Coal Handling system and provide for the future extension of South Russell Street across the railroad into the gravel pit area east of the Purdue Airport.

Trustees also approved a three-year lease of off-campus space for Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. The space will be used by the School of Health Sciences to expand its clinical testing of dental products.

Graduates of the new baccalaureate program in veterinary technology would be qualified for leadership positions in the veterinary technology field such as teaching positions in veterinary-related programs, management of veterinary hospital staff, and pharmaceutical industry research, sales and management. The program would consist of a year of basic science and communication courses, the two-year clinical core of the existing associate-degree program, and a fourth year of study.

If approved by the higher education commission, the new baccalaureate program would be one of 11 such programs nationwide, said Dr. Roger Lukens, director of veterinary technology in Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine. He said he anticipated about 60 new students would be enrolled in the baccalaureate program's first full year of operation, in 1998-99.


Sources: Frederick Ford, executive vice president and treasurer, (765) 494-9705;

Dr. Roger Lukens, (765) 494-7619; ; e-mail,

Thomas Schmenk, director, facilities planning and construction, (765) 494-8003; e-mail,

Writers: Ellen Rantz, (765) 494-2073; e-mail,

Amanda Siegfried, (765) 494-4709; e-mail,

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