HAMMOND, Ind. – The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday August 6 approved the planning, financing, construction and award of construction contracts for the renovation of two buildings on the West Lafayette campus – Schleman Hall of Student Services and Stewart Center.
Schleman Hall will become the new and expanded home of Purdue’s rapidly growing data science program – with 101,000 gross square feet of teaching labs, group workspaces, study space and offices – at proximity to the Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics departments of the College of Science, and building on sustained academic investments that have supported unprecedented growth in these programs.
Following the renovation of 45,000 gross square feet over three floors, the Stewart Center will become the new primary destination for student services, including admissions, enrollment management, financial aid, treasurer and registrar functions which interact directly with students. As part of the project, the university will also expand the Stewart Center examination center and renovate student organization spaces at the Stewart Center and the Purdue Memorial Union.
“The move of student services from Schleman Hall to a modernized space at the Stewart Center will enhance the current and future student experience by co-locating services in a convenient location and ensuring students know where to go for services and support from their very first visit to campus, ”said Michael B. Cline, senior vice president of administrative operations. “This arrangement also creates a more flexible space that can be used after hours for informal student collaboration.”
Also as part of the project, the Dean’s Office of Students will move from Schleman Hall to a newly renovated space in Recitation Hall, and the LGBTQ Center will move from Schleman Hall to a new, larger space in the Hicks Undergraduate Library.
The other current tenants of Schleman Hall will move to premises at Young Hall, 2550 Northwestern Avenue and Hovde Hall of Administration.
“Creating a true student services corridor will make it easier for our students to access a number of services and resources in one place, rather than going from building to building,” Jay said. Akridge, Rector and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity. . “The Stewart Center, with its myriad of resources and central location, is the perfect space for such a hallway. A newer space, designed for our post-COVID world of work, will also benefit our staff. The new foyer of the LGBTQ center will allow an expansion of the programming in a contemporary establishment. While the overall move is complex, new homes for these important units will open up many new opportunities to better serve our community at Purdue. “
Pending review and approval from the Indiana Higher Education Commission and State Budget Committee, renovations for relocated tenants, including those at the Stewart Center, will begin in April and s ‘will be completed in September 2022. Schleman Hall will be fully vacated and the new locations will be occupied. in December 2022. Renovations will begin at Schleman Hall in February 2023, with an expanded data science presence scheduled for August 2024.
The total estimated cost of the project is $ 52.8 million, of which $ 47.8 million is from operating reserve funds and $ 5 million from grant funds.
A strategic institutional priority, Purdue’s enrollments in data science and computer science continue to grow significantly, exemplifying the university’s commitment to preparing its students for this emerging segment of the economy, for careers in science. technical research and development to key data literacy skills essential to future decision-makers in all fields. Purdue’s Data Science major – which focuses on how best to make rigorous sense of data through a blend of modern mathematics, statistics and computer science – opens paths to careers in virtually every field of society, from healthcare, safety and sustainability to education, business and economics. More broadly, The Data Mine, launched by the College of Science with Professor of Statistics Mark Daniel Ward in 2018, provides experiential learning in data science to 600 Purdue undergraduate and graduate students of all majors who are working with companies and organizations on real world data science. problems, with plans to reach over 1,000 students in the coming year.
In December 2019, administrators approved the construction of a new dedicated data science facility along University Street just north of Purdue Armory near the university’s STEM teaching building, Chaney-Hale. Hall of Science. The increased use of hybrid and remote working arrangements on campus is a catalyst for the university to renovate Schleman Hall rather than building a new facility – making more efficient use of existing space and reducing costs. long term operation.
“We are delighted to expand our Data Science program into such an iconic building in the heart of campus, right next to the recently opened Cheney-Hale Hall of Science,” said Patrick J. Wolfe, Dean of the College of Science. “This dedicated facility speaks volumes about our continued commitment to advancing data science research and education for the benefit of all students at Purdue.”
The renovations to the Schleman Hall and the Stewart Center are in line with the 2018 Giant Leaps Campus Master Plan goals to invest in teaching, research and collaboration spaces and to prioritize strategic renovations.
Directors also approved repair and rehabilitation projects for two buildings on the West Lafayette campus. The replacement of two transformers and two electrical distribution systems in the biochemistry pavilion will be financed from operating funds. The replacement of the steam heating system, the installation of three new air handling units and the replacement of 100 exhaust fans with a new central manifold ventilation system in the Whistler Hall of Agricultural Research will be funded by repair and rehabilitation credits and operating funds.