New state budget to help PFW with new music tech building
Indiana’s $44 billion biennial state budget will help Purdue University Fort Wayne get a step closer to its dream of a new music technology building. The university received $15 million from state coffers, which gets the project within reach of the $22 million price tag to build and equip the center.
PFW says the project has received $3 million lead gifts from Fort Wayne entrepreneur and philanthropist Chuck Surack and his wife Lisa. It was matched by the Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation.
“We are grateful to have received such strong support from our elected officials during this initial phase of the project, and from our private donors – specifically the Suracks and the Auer Foundation – who are helping make this a reality,” said Chancellor Ron Elsenbaumer. “Creation of a music technology building on the Purdue Fort Wayne campus not only addresses the academic needs of students who seek careers in this field, it also helps the region reaffirm its commitment to being a national hub in the music industry.”
PFW says preliminary plans for site work to begin in 2024 on the new, 26,000-square-foot music technology building. The opening date is slated for the fall of 2027.
The university says it is still seeking private donors.