Martin C. Jischke Hall and Innovation Wing
One of the world’s top engineering schools has a freestanding building for its graduate and its first undergraduate biomedical engineering program. It houses the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and its design was created hand-in-hand with the new program’s curriculum. The space adapts to the interdisciplinary and ever-changing nature of science and research. It accommodates a threefold increase in faculty and serves as a gateway to Purdue’s new Discovery Park.
Specialty areas in the building include optics labs, project labs, microscope rooms, tissue culture labs, and interaction spaces that foster communication among students and faculty. With 18 teaching and research laboratories and collaboration with other institutions and life science entities, the facility helps Purdue continue its leadership in advancing medicine.
As the College of Engineering continues to experience unprecedented growth, the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering continues to rapidly expand its scope and impact as an academic discipline. The Innovation Wing addition promotes increased interdisciplinary synergies across campus and strong working partnerships with medical device companies, fostering regional economic growth, and the creation of new jobs.
The current facility was built in 2006 in a way to allow a seamless future expansion which is being realized today. The original building was designed to accommodate an expansion to the east end of the building toward Herrick Labs.
The design team also incorporated the goals of the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan to make the facility a state-of-the-art platform for novel research, technology innovation, hands-on and on-line instruction, and outreach to current and new corporate and health-care partners.