Purdue University plans to build an $8.8 million equine center in Shelbyville to serve as a laboratory to support the College of Veterinary Medicine’s student research.
The university announced the project Friday as part of a broader 10-year capital plan that includes additional building projects and improvements. The plan was approved by the university's board of trustees Friday morning.
Purdue’s Research Foundation will be charged with the design and construction of the facility, which will be known as the Centaur Regional Equine Diagnostic and Surgical Center.
The center will be built near Indiana Downs on land purchased by the foundation with $2.3 million in support from Shelby County and the city of Shelbyville. Centaur Gaming, which owns and operates Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, has pledged $3.1 million to name the facility.
The center will offer state-of-the-art health care services and emergency treatment for horses, according to the university. It will feature advanced diagnostic imaging, shockwave therapy, endoscopy and specialized equine surgery.
“This is an exciting partnership that will provide expanded training opportunities for our future equine specialists,” said Willie Reed, dean of Purdue's College of Veterinary Medicine, in a written statement. “We will have a cutting-edge facility to facilitate groundbreaking research and administer emergency medical services in a location near Indiana Downs.”
The trustees also approved plans for a $60 million Agricultural and Life Sciences Facility on the campus and $11.2 million in repairs for the Purdue Airport.