Purdue University, Gilbane to Develop 600-Bed Student Community

Groundbreaking is scheduled for this October.

New project within Purdue University's North Campus
Work at the project will begin in October this year and is scheduled to welcome first students for the fall semester in 2026. Image courtesy of Purdue University Fort Wayne

Purdue University Fort Wayne has entered a public-private partnership with Gilbane for the development of a 600-bed student housing community on the institution’s North Campus in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The project, financed through a private nonprofit foundation, will cost between $90 and $100 million. The community is expected to come online in 2026 and is part of the university’s initiative to add more on-campus student housing.

The 213,000-square-foot property will comprise 176 units, ranging from studio to four-bedroom floorplans and will include sustainable features such as energy-efficient lighting and appliances, along with water conservation measures. Community amenities will include a hammock farm, a basketball and volleyball court, a fitness center, a convenience store, study spaces and a gaming room. Students will also have access to a drop-off area for campus shuttles and rideshares, as well as 450 parking spaces.

Gilbane will handle development and construction management, Progressive AE is the architect for the project, whereas AVB is the designer-builder. Located next to Ginsberg Hall, the community will be five miles away from Fort Wayne city center. Several dining and retail options at Glenbrook Square are less than 1.5 miles from the development.

Purdue’s fundamentals are on the rise

Purdue University is among the top institutions with the highest preleasing rates, reaching 93 percent as of April, the latest Yardi Matrix report shows. The university has been at full capacity for six fall semesters, registering an uptick of 21 percent for the 2023-2024 academic year, compared to the one before.

Last year, Purdue unveiled plans for Hillenbrand Residence Hall South, another 896-bed community on its West Lafayette campus. Subtext’s 449-bed student housing project is also currently under construction and is expected to come online in August next year.

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