Purdue to Showcase 'Reimagined' Grissom Hall

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The building is named for 1950 graduate Virgil "Gus" Grissom, the second American in space, who was killed in 1967 during testing for NASA's Apollo 1 mission. The building is named for 1950 graduate Virgil "Gus" Grissom, the second American in space, who was killed in 1967 during testing for NASA's Apollo 1 mission.

An open house is set for next month at Purdue University to spotlight the renovation of the home of its School of Industrial Engineering. The nearly $16 million Grissom Hall project is part of the school's Purdue Moves effort.

Purdue Moves includes the College of Engineering Strategic Growth Initiative project, which focuses on integration of increasing undergraduate and graduate enrollments, new faculty hires and encouraging collaboration. One facet includes the "reimagined" Grissom Hall, which took around a year to complete.

Associate Dean of Engineering for Resource Planning and Management Robert Frosch says "we're creating better usability of existing spaces. The renovated Grissom ties together elements of the past with modern technologies. The improved look and feel of the building will provide enhanced capabilities for the School of Industrial Engineering while providing a great space for both undergraduate and graduate students."

The building's new features include the Peter Wang Student Excellence Center, "hot desking"-style desk sharing, interactive whiteboards, image-capturing equipment to transcribe lecture notes to Internet-accessible documents, updated lecture rooms, classrooms, labs, meeting and office space and improved lighting.

The "A New Era at Grissom Hall" event October 9 will include a reception and presentation by Purdue President Mitch Daniels. You can find more information about the ceremony and RSVP by clicking here.

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