Church plans faith-based Perdue University residence hall

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Rendering of the planned Perdue University faith-based residence

The Catholic St. Thomas Aquinas Church is planning a 164,000 sq. ft. faith-based residence Hall for Perdue University students that could break ground next spring.

Although the six-floor, 330-bed project is still in its planning phase, the church has a running list of the amenities and services planned in the residence, the West Lafayette Journal & Courier reports.

The church is working with Indianapolis-based developer Browning Investments, the same group that’s partnering with the Purdue Research Foundation on a $1.2 billion development of the campus’ west end.

Features outlined in a project outline include:

  • A variety of room layout options for all levels of residents, including 11 single units;
  • nine-month leases for fully furnished units with all utilities included;
  • in-house dining services (including numerous “grab and go” meal opportunities) available throughout the day with both indoor and outdoor seating options;
  • secure resident access to the outdoor green roof deck on the second floor;
  • a chapel designed to offer an opportunity for more intimate sacramental services, group and individual reflection and prayer;
  • a courtyard/outdoor plaza available to residents, members of the parish and the entire Purdue community for a variety of functions, including weddings, celebrations, camps and other events; and
  • A subterranean parking level with 102 parking spaces.


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