First Gateway Complex building named for Bill and Marty Dudley

One of Purdue’s largest complexes on campus, a new 250,000-square-foot grand entrance, will bear the name of one of the College of Engineering’s most supportive alumni. Thanks to a significant gift from the Dudley Family Foundation, the first building in the new Engineering and Polytechnic Gateway Complex will be named Dudley Hall.
Bill and Marty Dudley

The gift is courtesy of William (Bill) Dudley Jr. (BSCE ’74, HDR ’15) and Martha (Marty) Dudley (IUPUI AAS Architectural Drafting ’79, Purdue Northwest-Hammond BS Building Construction Tech ’81).

The Purdue University Board of Trustees on June 14 approved the planning, financing, constructing, and awarding construction contracts for the building. Expected to be complete in time for the 2022-23 academic year, the space will bring together labs that are currently geographically separated and provide more dedicated space for active learning and lab-centric instructional methods.

“Bill Dudley has been an inspiring alumnus with his accomplishments and impact on the world of civil engineering. This visionary gift from Bill and Marty is transformational, enabling the first building of the Gateway Complex for so many future Boilermaker engineers. We are as grateful as we are excited,” said Mung Chiang, John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering.

The $140 million project will include two buildings. Dudley Hall has an estimated cost of $80 million, with $60 million in state funding recently approved. The building will comprise 145,000 square feet consisting of four stories and a basement. Located between Grissom and Knoy halls, it will span the site of the current Nuclear Engineering Building and Michael Golden Laboratories. The second building, a planned 110,000- gross-square-foot space that is yet to be named, will connect to Dudley Hall.

Plans for Dudley Hall include places for experiential project-based instructional laboratories, design studios for senior design and capstone projects, collaborative space supporting active learning, and shared interdisciplinary instructional space.

“The complex is needed to accommodate enrollment growth and in-demand student-centered experiences,” said Alyssa Wilcox, senior associate vice president for Advancement with Purdue Research Foundation. “It will be the front door to two colleges.”

Bill Dudley is the former CEO, president, and COO of Bechtel Group, Inc., a global leader in project management, engineering, procurement, and construction. He is now vice-chairman of the company, which includes all of the Bechtel companies worldwide. He delivered the winter 2017 commencement address, was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2015, received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 2011, and the Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Award in 2008. He currently serves on the Engineering Leadership Council and previously served on the Engineering Advisory Council (2012-2017) and the Civil Engineering Advisory Council (2006-2012).

Source: Purdue News Room

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