Purdue’s next vice president for physical facilities is coming from state government.
The university is hiring Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Mike Cline. He graduated from Purdue in 1988 with a degree in civil engineering.
Cline has been with INDOT since 2006. When Purdue President Mitch Daniels was governor, he appointed Cline as commissioner in 2010. Governor Mike Pence reappointed him to the position earlier this year.
Purdue is benefiting from being energy efficient. The university received a rebate check for $81,000. It comes from an Energizing Indiana program in conjunction with Duke Energy as an incentive for businesses to make system improvements.
Vice President of Physical Facilities Bob McMains says the money will help the university become more energy efficient.
Purdue is moving forward with plans for a Thermal Energy Storage Tank.
The Physical Facilities Committee agreed to install it on the south side of campus near the Wade Power Plant.
Vice President for Physical Facilities Bob McMains a redesign of previous plans makes the location a better fit than others.
"We just felt like we had to push the water further so that would be more of a cost. But, as we designed the tank, we could come up with a better, more efficient tank on the south side to cover the cost for the extra piping we'd need to push the water up,” he said.
The Purdue Board of Trustees is signing off on the construction contracts for three projects. Those are the cornerstone for the university's Life and Health Sciences Park along Harrison Street on the south side of campus.
The university is building a drug discovery facility for $28.7 million. That’s more than the original estimate of $25 million.
Vice President for Physical Facilities Bob McMains says the increase is needed to finish more of the project than first planned.
A new Comprehensive Energy Master Plan for Purdue is being finalized. It makes recommendations for cutting use and increasing production and distribution to meet the demands of the West Lafayette campus.
Total funding to do all projects suggested is nearly $105 million over the next decade. But Vice President for Physical Facilities Bob McMains says there are a few priority items that should be done.
He says that includes a combined heat and power (CHP) unit to replace a coal-fired boiler.