WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Plans for the use of a new building under construction on Purdue’s campus have changed.
Crews continue to work on the newest building on Purdue’s campus Wang Hall. The look of the building changed as crews finished up the outside and started construction on the classrooms and retail space inside.
“It was originally anchored by about 40 percent by the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering,” Purdue Research Foundation Senior Vice President Joe Hornett said. “Much of the rest of the space was going to be just basically just opened for commercial space.”
Since construction started on the building last year Hornett said plans for how it will be used have changed. Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced last year as part of his initiatives for the university that he wants to expand the College of Engineering. Now, Wang Hall will help house that expansion.
“With the expansion of the engineering school that Daniels announced as one of Purdue’s moves basically now 80 percent of the building will be leased to Purdue, specifically the College of Engineering,” Hornett said.
Associate Engineering Dean of Research Melba Crawford previously told News 18 about the recent hiring of more faculty.
“We’re in an expansion mode for faculty because we’re already in an expansion mode relative to students,” Crawford said. “Our student faculty ratio has been what has motivated the great growth in faculty hiring that is currently going on.”
Wang Hall is being built in the right place at the right time.
“This is a tremendous expansion. It’s also one of the signature areas of the university and actually without Wang Hall this expansion wouldn’t have been possible because it would have taken several more years to bring facilities online,” Hornett said.
Hornett said tenants will begin moving into the building around July and will be ready for the grand opening this fall.