Purdue University is home to one of the most renowned engineering schools in the nation. In 2007 the University recommitted itself to that tradition of excellence with plans to create a new flagship academic building for the School of Engineering.
The new building would emphasize multidisciplinary collaboration and cutting-edge research techniques while honoring the rich history of Purdue engineering.
The Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering offers engineering students, faculty and research professionals more than 200,000 sq. ft. of research labs and undergraduate teaching facilities. The facility also features four Team Learning Modules, linked lab and classroom spaces that facilitate student teamwork and provide an innovative, multidisciplinary learning experience.
The building’s dramatic design expresses engineering’s innovative spirit, its distinctive cantilever mimicking an aircraft’s wing to symbolize Purdue’s contributions to flight and the space program. Brick and limestone exterior materials tie the building back to the historic campus context. Inside, conduits, ductwork, pipes for the chilled-water air conditioning system and other mechanical elements are exposed in the ceiling to provide a sense of engineering’s role in the building’s vital functions.
An eight-foot bronze sculpture of Neil Armstrong as a Purdue engineering student sits outside the main entrance. Moon boot impressions reminiscent of Armstrong’s historic lunar excursion lead away from the statue.