PUC has big plans, but lacks the proper funds
Published: Monday, May 7, 2012
Updated: Sunday, May 6, 2012 23:05
In a recent Chronicle editorial, the need for a new academic building was discussed, specifically the demolition of the Gyte Annex Building and the construction of the Emerging Technology Building, originally proposed in 1997.
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Advancement Wes Lukoshus said the Annex was built around 1954 and was originally used as a steel research facility, never being meant to house classrooms or offices. He said that since that time it has “outlived its usefulness.” Lukoshus said the project is at the top of the priority list, but lacks funding for the construction. Lukoshus said PUC has been going to the State of Indiana for funds to build the new technology building, but has yet to secure approval.
The projected costs to demolish Gyte Annex and build an Emerging Technology Building will set PUC back approximately $28.9 million. Lukoshus said in the meantime the campus will have to utilize what it has until the proper funds become available.
The last projects PUC received state funding for were for the remodeling of the Anderson Building in 1999 at a cost of $8 million, and in 1998 for the construction of the Classroom Office Building, at $16.1 million.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have the luxury of alternative funding,” Lukoshus said. “I think eventually, a time will come when we will have no choice but to replace the Annex.”
In addition to the proposed technology building, PUC has plans to build a new Fitness and Recreation building, in the anticipation of bringing new sports teams to the campus. Lukoshus said in order to accomplish that, more space must be made available to accommodate the additions of the sports programs.
The proposed fitness and rec center would be funded solely by Student Service Fee funds, which Lukoshus said an exact amount has not been determined.
“Right now we are in the transitional phase of changing Purdue Calumet from a commuter campus to residential campus and to make it more appealing to our students, which is very important,”
Lukoshus said while the campus has many needs and wants, it must utilize what it has for the time being.
“We have very limited space to work with, but we are doing the best we can with what we have,” Lukoshus said.