WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – One of the major projects on Purdue’s campus this summer is the demolition of two buildings to make way for a brand new one, one that President Mitch Daniels hopes becomes a model for schools around the country.
The Engineering Administration Building or ENAD and the old power plant are being torn down this summer to make way for a new active learning center.
Daniels tells News 18 he hopes the center helps Purdue become a leader in modern higher education by providing a valuable and interactive campus experience. He said the active learning center is like a 21st century update to a library, by being technology-based, fully digital, with space for groups to meet both in the same room and around the globe.
“We’re very excited about this,” said Daniels. “We think it will be the first of its kind in the country. If we’ve guessed correctly, it will show the way to a new and improved way of teaching and learning.”
Daniels said he hopes to set up similar spaces in multiple campus buildings including residence halls. He hopes it helps justify the residential university experience.