Purdue University trustees approved a plan for a new combined classroom and library building on July 19. It would replace an old power plant and outdated classroom space in three buildings, and consolidate the engineering and science libraries currently located in five different buildings.
The $89 million project is part of a $397.3 million campus-wide, ten-year capital plan. But according to the Indianapolis Business Journal, nearly $205 million of that would be covered by bonds.
According to the capital plan, one of the effects of the new building will be to consolidate library resources which today take up 58,000 square feet of space into 38,000 square feet. “The library will focus on innovative learning concepts with minimal space committed to shelving print materials,” the plan says. Once the building is complete, the 58,000 feet that now house the libraries will be freed for other uses.
The facility is the highest funding priority Purdue officials will take to the state legislature as part of the 2013-2015 budget request, the Journal and Courier reported. According to Purdue student paper The Exponent, the proposal will be heard by the state in the fall but not decided upon until April. If the building receives state funding, it will be scheduled for completion in three to four years, according to University architect Larry Fusaro. If it doesn’t, it will be moved from the near term to the long term project section of the capital plan until funding can be found.
According to the capital plan, the building will be funded by $60 million from student fee bond proceeds, $16 million in gift funds, and $13 million in facility and administrative cost recovery funds.
Meanwhile, Indiana Tech is planning construction of a new 60,000-square-foot academic center with an academic wing and a library wing, joined at a rotunda area with a multi-flex auditorium and theater. As designed by SchenkelShultz Architecture, the building is estimated to cost $15 million, and the university aims to raise half that total before breaking ground in May 2013. Construction is expected to take about 18 months and will be overseen by Michael Kinder & Sons.
The library wing’s two levels will house the college’s main library. It will contain two state-of-the-art computer facilities; technically enhanced spaces for collaborative research and learning; a multi-functional seminar room for instruction, faculty development, and video conferencing with satellite campuses; group and individual study rooms; print media; and offices for the library director and staff.