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Herrick Naming

Ray W. Herrick Laboratories Naming Opportunities

The School of Mechanical Engineering is committed to recruiting the best and brightest students from around the world to learn from world-class faculty in state of the art facilities.  One of the most important tools for achieving these successes is providing cutting edge facilities.  The designation of a room within the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories is a lasting honor bestowed upon a donor or a company.  It is the School of Mechanical Engineering’s wish to commemorate you, or the person or entity of your choosing, for your loyal and generous support of the School and our projects with our “Herrick Labs Renovation/ME Facilities Fund.”

To inspire new contributions to this project, Mechanical Engineering is excited to announce a $2,000,000 challenge match fund devoted to increasing resources for ME capital projects.  Outright cash gifts, multi-year pledges, and gifts of securities (plus corporate matching funds if applicable) will be matched 1:1 to provide facilities support for the ME School up to $2M total.  The challenge match is currently in progress and will remain available until matching funds are depleted.  Please contact Travis Stoutenborough: 765-494-9769,, in the ME Development office to reserve your space today.

Ray W. Herrick Laboratories – Phase I
(Floor plans available at the end of this document)

Administrative Spaces

This space houses students, post-docs & visiting scholars, faculty and staff and spreads over 3 floors on south side of building. Also includes interactive spaces, kitchen, conference rooms, and resource/copy rooms.  Space is designed to have natural light infiltration and views of the Electromechanical Systems & Vibrations Laboratory and is meant to provide both quiet space and space for interactions and discussion, as well as social and other events such as tours, laboratory reviews, meeting space with sponsors, etc.


Director’s Office  (2nd floor, 325 sq. ft.) -- RESERVED FOR MANON

Faculty Office
(19 available, 130 sq. ft. each, check for availability) -- $10,000 each -- 3 RESERVED

Post Doc/Visiting Scholar Office
(5 available, 160 sq. ft. each, check for availability) -- $10,000 each

Graduate Student Office
(5 available, 160-200 sq. ft. each, check for availability) -- $10,000 each

Main Administrative Offices
(2nd floor, 5 available, 120 sq. ft. each, check for availability) -- $10,000 each

Publications/Journal Office  (1st floor, 144 sq. ft.) -- RESERVED FOR KURZE

Conference Secretariat  (2nd floor, 120 sq. ft.) -- $10,000

Research/Administrative Support:

Computer Room  (1st floor, 600 sq. ft.) -- RESERVED FOR BARANYK

Research Interaction and Resource Room  (2nd floor, 300 sq. ft.) -- RESERVED FOR PARRIN

Conference Rooms:

Large Conference Room (2nd floor, 750 sq. ft.) -- RESERVED FOR EISELE

Medium Conference Rooms
(1st floor, 250 sq. ft. each) --  RESERVED FOR COATES + ANONYMOUS

Small Conference Room (2nd floor, 95 sq. ft.) -- RESERVED FOR MCCRACKEN

Open and Interactive Areas:

Reception Area (2nd floor) -- $50,000 -- RESERVED

Student/Faculty/Staff Commons (2nd floor, 980 sq. ft.) -- $75,000

Entrance Lobby (1st floor, 850 sq. ft.) -- $75,000

Interaction Space by Elevator (2nd Floor, 200 sq. ft.) -- RESERVED

Interaction Space (2nd Floor, 500 sq. ft.) -- $50,000

Interaction Break-out Space (3rd floor, 500 sq. ft.) -- RESERVED FOR ANONYMOUS

Historic Public Art Display (outdoors) -- RESERVED FOR COHEN


Sustainable Buildings Technology Laboratory (Living Lab) -- RESERVED FOR HINES

This laboratory is composed of four units -- each housing 24 graduate students.  Two of the units will serve as baseline suites with the windows, heating, air conditioning, and lighting conforming to today’s construction standards.  Two units will be fully reconfigurable to test the efficiencies of new technologies against the standard technologies.  The purpose is to understand how to create environmentally friendly, energy efficient spaces that are healthy and comfortable for the people who work in them.  This laboratory will help transition promising technology developed in a research environment to robust equipment operating in a working building.

Grad Student Office Suite for 24 (3rd floor, 1120 sq. ft.) -- $750,000
Fully Reconfigurable air distribution, façade, shading, lighting for testing

Grad Student Office Suite for 24 (3rd floor, 1120 sq. ft.) -- $750,000
Fully Reconfigurable hydronic (chilled beams, radiant heating system) façade, etc.

Baseline Grad Student Suites
(2 spaces available, 3rd floor, 1120 sq. ft.) -- $500,000 each


Roof-Top Laboratories and Geothermal Field

The first part of the rooftop labs consists of a frame on which a building can be constructed and/or adapted.  This enables medium-scale testing of building envelopes including windows, walls and roofs and helps in the development of materials and building systems for energy efficient and comfortable buildings.  The second space on the roof is configured to house a solar array. As part of the living lab concept, energy management strategies will be applied to the entire laboratories; the geothermal field will be used to lower energy usage when heating and cooling is required for the various test rigs operating in the labs.

16 current + 8 future bores in the Geothermal Field -- $500,000


Perception-Based Engineering Laboratory -- RESERVED FOR FORD

Perception Based Engineering (PBE) researchers study people’s perceptions of stimuli created in, for example, indoor environments, their influence on satisfaction, comfort, annoyance and performance and the relationship between those outcomes and the system, e.g., the building, design and operational parameters.  PBE faculty at Purdue work on projects related to touch interfaces, sound and vibration quality, image quality and depth perception, display design and graphics optimization, effects of noise on performance, and human-computer interaction.

Control Room and Waiting Area (1st floor, 250 sq. ft.) -- $50,000 -- RESERVED
Houses equipment researchers use to monitor experiments

Research Laboratory (1st floor, 1140 sq. ft.) --  $1,000,000
Highly reconfigurable and controllable space


Engines Research Laboratory

These four test cells are the home for the engine and hybrid systems controls research focused on efficiency, engine emissions, and developing efficient and environmentally friendly systems for using alternative fuels.  Initial configuration will depend on funding, but space and utilities are planned so that upgrading to higher HP and higher levels of emissions testing are possible as research progresses.

Test Cell 1 (1st floor, 486 sq. ft.) -- RESERVED FOR CUMMINS
350 HP expandable to 500 HP, multi-cylinder, engine test cell

Test Cell 2 (1st floor, 486 sq. ft.) -- RESERVED FOR CUMMINS

350 HP expandable to 500 HP, multi-cylinder, engine test cell

Test Cell 3 (1st floor, 486 sq. ft.) -- $1,000,000
100 HP expandable to 350 HP, multi-cylinder, engine test cell

Test Cell 4 (1st floor, 486 sq. ft.) -- $1,000,000
100 HP expandable to 350 HP, multi-cylinder, engine test cell

Observation area for researchers (1st floor, 340 sq. ft., 1 available, check for availability) -- $25,000 each -- 1 RESERVED
Houses test systems for the test cells


Electro-Mechanical and Vibrations Laboratory

The main part of this space is an open area with segmented floors for vibration isolation between experiments.  The space is sandwiched between two glass walls, opening into a courtyard that houses a geothermal field.  It has very high ceilings to accommodate large systems for testing. It includes a fine scale vibrations and dynamics testing laboratory, and a large scale test area which will house large shakers to investigate the vibration and dynamics of structures such as building components, vehicle suspension systems, occupied car seats, wind turbine blades, road vehicle and aircraft and space structures.   The facilities in the laboratory will also be used to study the mechanics and control of machines such as motors, compressors, pumps, those used in manufacturing processes, braking systems, transmission and after-treatment (exhaust) systems as well as other automotive/aerospace systems. Prognostics and diagnostics techniques are being developed for structural health monitoring of machines to sense their environment and condition and optimize performance across a variety of environmental operational conditions.

Electro-mechanical Lab (Entire Wing) (1st floor, 3500 sq. ft.) -- $2,500,000 -- RESERVED
This space facilitates automotive research on vibration noise and durability.

Fine-scale testing laboratory (1st floor, 600 sq. ft.) -- $200,000


Thermodynamics Laboratory

The heart of the sustainable buildings technology laboratory and the living laboratory is the Thermodynamics Lab.  It is where the HVAC and Refrigeration component level and system level technology research is done.  Heating and cooling systems, ventilation including advanced window systems, air quality tracking and optimization,  contaminant detection and modeling of propagation,  building construction element performance, energy recovery, alternative environmentally friendly cooling systems, HVAC&R system integration, smart equipment for energy management and fault or degradation detection in commercial, institutional, and residential buildings and healthcare facilities, and supermarket and food refrigeration are all part of the interdisciplinary research conducted in these laboratories.

Thermal Sciences Lab (Entire Wing) (1st floor, 7000 sq. ft.) -- $2,500,000

Psychometric chamber suites
(1st floor, 830 sq. ft., 2 available, check for availability) -- $400,000
These suites are for simulation of indoor and outdoor conditions to test HVAC&R machinery and systems.  Each suite consists of an indoor and an outdoor condition room.

Air quality chamber and control room (1st floor, 640 sq. ft.) -- $400,000
This room enables researchers to test how building systems configurations affect indoor air quality and to validate and improve models of how contaminants flow through spaces.

Thermal sciences flexible laboratory space (1st floor, 2000 sq. ft., 2 areas) -- $1,000,000 each -- 1 RESERVED FOR CARRIER
One area is for smaller scale experiments (study performance of valves and other small-scale devices such as miniature compressors and other small-scale cooling technologies); and the other for study of larger systems (heat exchangers and compressors, air conditioners, furnaces, appliances, etc.).

First Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan

Third Floor Plan