Purdue University will dedicate Friday its $90 million Honors College and Residences. The university says the 324,000 square-foot facility is the first of its kind in Indiana and among the most advanced academic residential colleges in the country.
The facility will house more than 800 students and serves as a centralized hub for the Honors College’s administration and academic programs. Home to the college itself, Purdue says students will be close to their professors, "active learning" studios and the STEAM research lab.
"The Honors College and Residences completely intertwines a student’s residential and academic experience, so they stay engaged," said Rhonda Phillips, dean of the Honors College. "The learning and leadership opportunities for students will be second to none. We are forging the future of honors education."
Purdue says the building was constructed using locally-sourced materials and the university is seeking LEED certification.