Purdue University planning new bands, data science buildings

Purdue University officials have approved plans for new buildings on the West Lafayette campus that will house the school’s bands and data science programs.

Plans for the $20 million Bands and Orchestra Building will give dedicated space to Purdue’s more than 30 ensembles, concert bands and jazz bands. The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports those groups have practiced for years in the basement of Elliott Hall of Music and in scattered sites across campus.

Construction will be paid for with private donations and is expected to finish by December 2021.

The new $40 million Data Science Building will be among a string of tech-related construction projects by Purdue.

The school’s Board of Trustees voted Friday to approve the four-story building with classrooms and research space. It is expected to open in 2022.

Plans also call for renovation of 100,000 square feet of administration, internal audit, treasury, safety and security, risk management, human resources, accounting and information technology operations at 2550 Northwestern Ave.

Also planned is a 16,600-square-foot child care facility that will serve about 150 children, replacing and doubling capacity of the Patty Jischke Early Care and Child Education Center.

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