Smoot Construction was chosen as part of a team to construct the Purdue Innovation Place Apartments in West Lafayette, Indiana – the first piece of the newly formed Purdue Innovation District. The team is comprised of Walsh/Smoot, a Joint Venture as the design-builder, Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions as the developer, along with Hanbury and KJJW Architects and Cripe Engineering. The project is a $75 million, 841-bed, student mixed-use housing complex. It is anticipated that the project will be complete in the fall of 2019.
Constructed for the Purdue Research Foundation, the project features two buildings, which will provide an 825‐bed graduate and upperclassmen undergraduate community.
The Purdue Research Foundation prides itself as a place where ideas turn into inventions and where inventions are used to propel the world forward into new territories. The Foundation’s technology transfer, business development, and incubation program have not only earned numerous awards and recognition, but they have also strengthened economies by developing breakthroughs into deliverable products.
“There is a strong need for more housing for students and the Innovation Place Apartments will help fill that need for current and future students,” said Jeff Kanable, director of the Purdue Innovation District. “The fact that this endeavor is the first major component of our recently announced Purdue Innovation District demonstrates how important this project is in serving our students.”
The Purdue Innovation District, a major development initiative spearheaded by the Purdue Research Foundation and master developer Browning Investments, encompasses approximately 450 acres at the west end of Purdue’s campus. The initiative is being designed as a preeminent environment for educational, economic, cultural, community and real estate development encompassing several million square feet with a total investment of more than $1 billion.