In association with Ratio Architects, the Purdue University Board of Trustees selected DLZ to provide architectural and engineering professional services. The project was a new 288,000 square feet, four/five-story Purdue student housing on the West Lafayette Campus of the university. DLZ was responsible for the civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering for the new facility.
The new facility replaced the former Fowler Housing complex. The project added approximately 560 on-campus resident rooms for single students, which include eleven live-in staff. Each resident room is approximately 140 square feet, including a private bathroom, and houses one student. Resident rooms are grouped in clusters of ten or twelve students who share a living room/gathering space and a laundry. Utilizing the campus high-pressure steam system and chilled water loop, the mechanical systems provide control of the environment in individual rooms and spaces.
The Purdue student housing project also includes a central community center consisting of conference rooms, a multi-purpose room, a computer lab, student clubrooms, a mail center, and administrative offices. The exterior architecture complements the collegiate style of Purdue University by incorporating red brick, limestone trim, and slate-like roofing material on sloped gables. The project location was near the high tech Discovery Park. The aesthetics of the exteriors showcased new materials such as rain screens and metal panels.