Construction on Purdue Northwest’s $40.5 million new Bioscience Innovation Building began July 2. A ceremonial groundbreaking is planned for 10:30 a.m. August 23 outside Lawshe Hall. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.
There is much excitement for the new building, though the sights, sounds and temporary inconveniences that come with a major construction project hasn’t been experienced on the Hammond Campus in nearly 20 years. A web page was launched to provide updates throughout the construction, which includes a live video stream of the construction site.
PNW Hammond Shuttle which runs locally to the South Shore Line station, and other locations in the community, will continue picking up at the existing turnaround located southeast of the Student Union & Library Building.
The Inter-Campus Bus Service, which runs between the Hammond Campus, Westville Campus and Portage Meeting Facility, has been relocated to the west side of Lawshe Hall until the end of the construction project.
The parking lots east of Lawshe Hall and south of Student Union & Library Building have fewer spots because of construction. Overflow is available at the 169th Street parking garage. An internal utilization study conducted by the department of Safety and Security last fall found that even during peak hours the 169th Street parking garage had on average 425 vacant spots available.