Purdue University to build $40 million facility

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The board of trustees of the Purdue University have approved the construction of a new $40 million facility dedicated to data science.

The new building will help the university meet its goal to be a national and global leader in the field of data science and education for all students, according to a statement.

The flagship four-story building will be approximately 86,000 sq. ft., featuring classroom and teaching space for all of campus as well as group workspace for College of Science researchers and faculty. Construction is scheduled to begin in November 2020 with completion in June 2022.

In addition, the board also approved planning, financing, construction and awarding of construction contracts for Bands & Orchestras Building, the renovation of the 2550 Northwestern Ave. site, and a child care facility.

The Bands & Orchestras Building will consolidate more than 30 ensembles, percussion, concert bands and jazz bands into one integrated building. The facility will feature shared academic/rehearsal spaces, practice and instruction rooms and administrative offices for related faculty and staff. Located on the southeast corner of Third and North Russell streets, the project will require the demolition of an existing building. Construction will begin in September 2020, with completion slated for December 2021.

The 2550 Northwestern Ave. project includes the renovation of roughly 100,000 sq. ft. of office and support space. Construction will begin in June 2020 with completion set for May 2021.

The child care facility will serve approximately 150 children with rooms specific to infants, toddlers and preschoolers, nearly doubling the number of children served at the Patty Jischke Early Care and Child Education Center. Each room includes meal preparation areas and bathrooms. The around 16,600-sq.-ft. facility will be built on the two-acre parcel adjacent to 2550 Northwestern Ave. in West Lafayette. Construction will begin in June 2020, with completion in December 2020.

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