Purdue University, Krach Leadership Center
West Lafayette, Indiana
Anchoring the new Third Street Student Success Corridor at Purdue University, Krach Leadership Center is more than just a building for housing student organizations and activities. The goal was to transform the entire student educational experience by removing barriers to student collaboration and creating innovative leadership engagement programs that affect the entire ASSOCIATED FIRMSasaki Associates, Inc. (Design Architect)COST PER SQ FT$240.00FEATURED IN2015 Architectural Portfolio body.
Representing a “Main Street” of student life, the first floor serves as an informal public space that provides opportunities to meet, relax and interact all hours of the day. The second, third and fourth floors offer more formalized, flexible space for student organizations and leadership development programs.
Krach’s south façade responds to the Third Street corridor by exposing the internal life of the facility with a predominantly transparent first floor punctuated by an expansive four-story curtain wall atrium and glass-railed staircase. An architectural palette of brick with limestone accents builds upon the existing campus vernacular. The new center also assists in framing a major new campus “green” designed to support informal recreation and provide a vibrant hub for outdoor community life.