WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – On Friday, Purdue University will dedicate its new, $90 million Honors College and Residences, and CBS 4 was given a sneak peek inside.
The Honors College, the first of its kind in Indiana, has 2,200 students, both on and off campus. More than 800 Honors College students are housed in the new facility. It’s also home to the college itself, so many students live and attend class there.
"Students are able to engage with us, with staff, with faculty, with each other," said Rhonda Phillips, Dean of the Honors college. "It’s building a community, exchanging ideas, different types of knowledge and perspectives, and it really does make a difference to be together in close proximity."
The 324,000-square-foot facility is a mix of residences and classrooms, meaning students are steps away from professors, advisers and research labs.
"It was fantastic," student Gwen Cortez. "I got to do things I didn’t really think I would have the chance to do in a class, and I got to see what I imagined come to life here."
Construction of the Honors College and Residences began in January 2015.
According to the university, notable spaces include the Innovation Forum, which has an interactive, programmable floor; a Computer Co-Lab, with bicycles that power laptops; and an edible garden.