Purdue University: Giant Leaps Master Plan


The product you are about to see bares the
name Purdue’s master plan but don’t confuse that with an actual building plan. Those will only be made real in the decades
to come. This exercise tried instead simply to imagine
the future environment in higher education as best we can foresee it now and think about
how Purdue physically might adapt itself to fit it’s strategy and priorities and financial
position. We hope you’ll see the logic that went into
it. Have a look. For 150 years, Purdue University has been
granting opportunity to dreamers and doers. You can see our footprints across Indiana,
around the world, and on the moon—driven by hard work, thoughtfulness, and a commitment
to reaching further. Our eyes are set on the future, ready to take
on the world’s most pressing challenges. Purdue University is guided by Purdue Moves,
which is framed by four pillars: affordability and accessibility,
STEM leadership, world-changing research,
and transformative education. As we look forward, how can Purdue’s physical
campus best support these pillars? Currently, the campus is fragmented into five
districts. Building on the success of projects like the State Street redevelopment project which better connected the north and south portions of campus, Purdue will create a more connected, vibrant,
sustainable, and collaborative environment by moving from five separate districts to
one campus. Purdue has developed a master plan that provides
a 50 year vision, informing near-term decisions and actions, as well as long term investments
that will build upon a framework for open space, circulation, and connectivity to bring
the vision of a connected campus to reality. In order to achieve this, the master plan
establishes 5 goals: Invest in teaching, research, and collaborative
spaces. Prioritize strategic renovations. Focus housing and dining investments. Enhance open space connectivity and campus
circulation. And strengthen campus identity and gateways. The campus master plan continues to build
upon successful initiatives in teaching and research like the Wilmeth Active Learning
Center, and Bechtel Innovation Design Center, with new projects like the STEM Teaching Labs. Strategic renovations will continue, with
investments in facilities like the Agricultural & Biological Engineering Building. This work will build on recent efforts like
the Grissom Hall and Electrical Engineering renovations. As well as the Hall for Discovery and Learning Research renovations. Knowing academic success is increased through on-campus living, Purdue will *meet growing demand* and
academicize residence halls by focusing housing and dining investments in projects such as
two new residence halls along Third Street and just south of the existing Meredith Hall. The university will enhance open space
connectivity and campus circulation, focusing on the Third Street Conversion, Memorial Mall
and Memorial Mall Drive, Agriculture Mall, and The Island Bridge. This will complement the work and development being done in the Discovery Park District and through private organizations near campus. And finally, Purdue will strengthen the
campus identity and gateways, with projects such as the Grant and State Street Gateway. This Campus Master Plan will align our physical
spaces with the ideal of providing an exceptional education at the highest proven value. Purdue’s campus will be strengthened over
the next 50 years by better connecting the campus, investing in open space, and maintaining
robust utilization of our existing buildings and grounds. We will continue to lead, always building
one brick higher, strategically taking small steps and purposeful improvements, to meet
the challenges of tomorrow, and to launch the next era of Giant Leaps.

2 Replies to “Purdue University: Giant Leaps Master Plan”

  1. In your grand district plan, what about the airport part of campus where the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology has multiple buildings and hangars? Additionally, what about parking on campus? Since I was a student, I've seen multiple convenient parking lots and an entire garage removed for more buildings. Parking availability keeps falling while student numbers and buildings are increasing…

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