Facilities Caption to come

Three Buildings, One Vision

School reimagines its facilities and future

As Krannert’s growth continues to strain capacity of the facilities that constitute the School of Management — the Krannert Building, Krannert Center and Rawls Hall — the school is embarking on a three-phase master plan to maximize efficiency of our spaces, strengthen our community and brand, and improve wayfinding in and among our buildings.

The first step toward maximizing space in our three-building complex begins in our newest, Rawls Hall. The facility opened in 2003, with no major updates in over 14 years. That will change with the transformation of underused space in the lower level of Rawls into a new study and meeting center, providing space for students to work, access to student lockers and changing rooms, as well as house the Vernon Smith Behavioral Economics Research Lab and other student-focused areas.

Our new Business Information and Analytics Center will include study rooms and a state-of-the-art computer lab for data analysis projects, serving students from Krannert and across all disciplines at Purdue. By maximizing space, we will add almost 11,000 usable square feet in the Rawls Hall basement.

The Krannert Building, completed in 1965, had one major renovation in 2012 with the addition of the award-winning Roland G. Parrish Library, but otherwise has had only small updates.

As part of our overall master plan, the third floor of Krannert Building will become home to Purdue University Research Center in Economics (PURCE), slated to open this fall. The initiative unites students, faculty and alumni around a common desire to produce unbiased and rigorous policy-relevant economic research.

The main area of the building's first floor, also known as the Drawing Room, is the largest space in the facility. Adding multiple types of seating will increase the room’s density and broaden its use. In addition to providing new study space, the room can be converted to accommodate large groups for alumni events and campus symposiums.

By transforming the seventh floor into a state-of-the-art office suite, we can continue to recruit high-caliber faculty for pioneering programs such as the new Jane Brock-Wilson Women in Management Center.

The Krannert Center for Executive Education and Research, which was dedicated in 1983, continues to support the school’s executive education programs. Renovation of its offices and classrooms is the first update in over 34 years, providing an additional 10 faculty offices along with 16 administrative workstations. Improvement in the wayfinding and branding of Krannert Center will increase the sense of place and community for our school’s students, faculty and staff.

“Renovating and expanding our existing space not only provides critical updates to our facilities supporting students, faculty, staff and alumni — the improvements also strengthen the Krannert brand and community as well as maximize efficiency,” says Dean David Hummels. “Our master plan ensures the Krannert School’s growth is sustainable and affordable for both our current and future students.”

Naming opportunities in Rawls Hall, the Krannert Building and the Krannert Center are available in multiple funding levels at a price affordable for you or your organization. For more information on investing in the Krannert School, visit www.krannert.purdue.edu/departments/development or contact the Office of Advancement at 765-494-6168.