Purdue University in Indiana, US, has unveiled plans to invest $79m into the build of two new buildings.
The $54m Lyles-Porter Hall will be built to house the university’s Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, the Indiana University School of Medicine-Lafayette, and other health programmes.
Lyles-Porter Hall will have a floor area of 61,000ft² and will be located at the north-west corner of Harrison and University streets, in an area of campus known as the life and health sciences park.
The building will also have an 850-space attached parking facility.
Purdue University president France Cordova said: "This facility will be key to training students and expanding research opportunities, as well as improving wellness programmes and clinics offered to the community."
Lyles-Porter Hall will also house the A.H. Ismail Center for health, exercise and nutrition, the Nursing Center for family health, the Nutritional Training and Research Center, Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics and M.D. Steer Audiology and Speech-Language Clinics.
Construction of the facility will be funded through a combination of $38m in bond proceeds and $16m in gifts.In addition to Lyles-Porter Hall, the university is planning the $25m drug discovery building, which will also be located in the Purdue life and health sciences park, near Harrison and University streets.
The building will house multiple research facilities and is expected to clear some space in Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry.
The university will combine up to $5m in funds from gifts and administrative cost recovery with $20m in bond proceeds to pay for the project.
Construction on both buildings will commence in summer 2012 and are scheduled to open in 2014.
The university recently opened Marriott Hall, the new home of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
The 40,000ft² facility includes a 95-seat demonstration classroom, restaurants, classrooms and conference areas, a career centre and a student services centre.
Caption: Lyles-Porter Hall will have an 850-space attached parking facility. Image: courtesy of Purdue University.