Purdue receives $40 million grant for new hub for STEM students

The initial conceptual rendering of the Gateway Complex, which will include two buildings comprising 255,000 square feet of space. (Photo: Purdue University)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WTHR) — Purdue announced Tuesday it received a $40 million Lilly Endowment grant to help fund a new project that will help increase opportunities for science, technology, engineering and math graduates.

The Engineering and Polytechnic Gateway Complex will be a 255,000 square-foot space made up of two buildings. It's estimated to cost $140 million.

The Gateway Complex will be an interdisciplinary hub that connects laboratories, design studios and teaching space where students can become interns for Indiana companies and work toward full-time employment.

In addition to the $40 million Lilly Endowment grant, the state of Indiana will give $60 million for the project. The remaining $40 million will be raised through private donations.

$10 million of Lilly Endowment's grant is subject to matching conditions.

The Gateway Complex will be built where the Nuclear Engineering Building and Michael Golden Labs currently stand. It will become the new home for schools in the College of Engineering and the Purdue Polytechnic Institute.