The Honors College and Residences is Purdue’s only academic residential college to integrate academics into the residential experience. In addition, the 320,000-square-foot facility is the first of its kind in Indiana and among some of the nation’s most prestigious academic residential colleges.
The Honors College and Residences was designed to be nexus between classroom and community. It creates a living and learning residential community by allowing students to live in a community surrounded by their Honors College peers and have direct access to faculty as well as access to unique amenities designed to contribute to their success.
The Honors College and Residences consists of two buildings – 180,000-square-foot north building and a 120,000-square-foot south building – providing 40,000 square feet of learning support space and more than 800 beds for Honors College Scholars.
The north building features Honors Hall offering seating for more than 400 for presentations, lectures, movies, group and individual studying. Also, in the north building is the Spark Lab. The south building includes a STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts and Agriculture, Math) class lab and Computer Co-Lab designed to promote student interaction. The offices for the dean, faculty and support staff are located on the first floors of both buildings.
Residential rooms are organized in pod-style groupings, which include a mix of single, double and triple occupancy rooms with shared restrooms and lounge areas on each floor. The residential areas also include the following amenities:
• Community living room
• Multiple large and small rooms for studying, reading, recreation and community activities
• Laundry facilities for each building
• One Kitchenette for each building
• Music, art and student leadership rooms
• Outdoor fire pit and garden
Powers & Sons and our Joint Venture Partner were the Construction Manager as Constructor (CM at Risk) for the new residence hall. The team included Don Buchanan, Jon Mason, Dustin Thalmann, Shawn Mynatt, Commodore Warren, Jesse Langebartels and Zane Alcorn. The project is on track for LEED® Gold Certification.
The Honors College and Residences opened for occupancy in September 2016.