Purdue University leveraged a P3 delivery model to build additional housing to support its growing enrollment and high demand for on-campus living. Griffin Hall, one of two LEED Certified residential buildings completed, provides semi-suite and suite style housing for upper division students along with ground floor retail and community spaces. Mackey Mitchell provided programming and interior architecture for the 570-bed, 149,000 square foot facility. Plenary Group was the co-developer with Corvias, who also operates and maintains the facility. Gilbane Building Company was the design-build contractor and MSKTD served as Architect of Record.
The project began with a design-build competition allowing each team to develop the building’s program beyond the conceptual design with input from Purdue project stakeholders. Upon award, an incredibly quick resolution of the building’s footprint was necessary to meet the aggressive construction schedule and coordinate with an already in progress make-ready site package. Key was providing creative solutions that provided a quality product that felt like a Purdue building while staying within budget. Decisions about building systems and materials were made collaboratively through extensive life cycle cost analysis and engagement with Purdue’s internal stakeholders as well and Corvias.
Griffin Hall takes advantage of its prime location on campus creating an active ground floor animated by retail dining and community social spaces. An open-air passage thru the ground floor allows students to move easily between the main campus and adjacent residential facilities. The upper residential floors provide a mix of semi-suite and suite style units which provide a level of privacy and independence desired by upper division students. Griffin Hall includes an Executive in Residence (EIR) apartment as part of Purdue’s signature EIR program which allows residents to connect with successful Purdue alumni thru formal and informal interactions. A dining venue at the east end provides a convenient food option during the day as well as expanded seating for late night studying and socializing. The residential floors provide primarily traditional double bedrooms punctuated with daylit study and social spaces.
The Mackey Mitchell/Gilbane Team had a very good, collaborative spirit, listened to feedback, and worked to incorporate it and present solutions, providing Purdue with valuable feedback.
- Don Peterson
Managing Director, Capital Program Management, Purdue University