A Building for the Future

STEM teaching facility slated for 2020

BY LESA PETERSEN

Purdue has broken ground on a truly groundbreaking building.

A STEM teaching facility will be the first new space of its kind at Purdue in nearly 50 years. Housing labs of the future for the College of Science’s Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, the building will welcome all Purdue students — inside and beyond the College of Science — who take core courses in these areas.

“As a leading STEM university, Purdue must have the facilities to match the rapidly evolving sciences,” says Purdue President Mitch Daniels. That includes the latest in equipment.

Patrick J. Wolfe, the Frederick L. Hovde Dean of Science and Miller Family Professor of Statistics and Computer Science, says the building planning team has toured other labs to assess how to outfit the spaces for the best possible student experience. When its doors open in 2020, the STEM facility will also set the stage for novel research and course designs connecting chemistry and biology.

When freshman and sophomore biology and chemistry classes move to the new building, the space currently used for them in the Brown Laboratory of Chemistry and the Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry will be used for swing space to accommodate a future renovation of the Lilly Hall of Life Sciences, where space is currently used for undergraduate biology labs.

Architectural rendering of the exterior of the Purdue STEM teaching building Stats about Purdue's STEM teaching facility: 100,00 square feet. $64 million estimated project cost. Doors to open in 2020. Biology and chemistry labs for 4 out of 5 Purdue students. Central location northwest of Elliott Hall of Music. A Purdue research collaboration hub. A Purdue campus map shows the location of the new STEM teaching facility, northwest of Elliott Hall of Music