WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A long list of construction projects at Purdue University are starting now that students are gone for the summer.
Stadium Avenue will be closed between N. University Street and Northwestern Avenue until mid-August as crews work on the road. Another area affecting drivers is Third Street near the Armory, which will also be closed until August.
However, Purdue Public Information Director Liz Evans said there is some good news.
“There will be fewer travel impacts this year compared to last year,” Evans said. “That’s some good news for those going to and from campus.”
Summer 2014 on Purdue’s campus is all about the buildings — with seven opening before students come back this fall. On the list is the Ralph and Bettye Bailey Hall, that will house the Purdue Musical Organization, and the newly opened Center for Student Excellence and Leadership.
“There’s a lot of student support services and divisions within the Dean of Students office that are located within this building. This is also where many resident halls are located, so we’re bringing these services to the students to make them more accessible,” Evans said.
Two buildings will be coming down to make room for the construction of another one next spring.
“Another project getting underway this summer is we will begin demolition on ENAD, Engineering Administration Building, and the old power plant north to make way for the Active Learning Center,” Evans said.
Evans said it will be a busy summer, but an exciting one as the campus changes.
“It will be really exciting when students come back to campus, and they’re actually able to go in these buildings instead of walking around the construction site,” Evans added.
All road projects are expected to be wrapped up in August.
Other projects set to open before the fall semester are as follows:
- Drug Discovery Facility
- Lyles Porter Hall
- Harrison Street Parking Garage
- Third Street Suites