Did You Know?: Engineering Administration Building And Retired Heating And Power Plant-north

(Purdue University photo / Mark Simons) Download Photo In the fall, the Engineering Administration Building and the retired Heating and Power Plant-North — two campus buildings that have been instrumental in the history of Purdue — will no longer appear on campus maps. The buildings will be torn down at the end of this academic year to make way for the Active Learning Center. As is anticipated for the new center, the two old buildings have stood in a central place geographically and functionally on campus. Built in 1924, the Heating and Power Plant-North (HPN) was built to meet the growing demand for power on the West Lafayette campus. The existing power plant, built in 1903, could not provide adequate heat and electricity to Smith Hall, the Armory, Stanley Coulter Hall and the Home Economics and Recitation buildings, all erected after the power plant was opened, in addition to the original campus buildings. With the Electrical Building and the Purdue Memorial Union opening in 1924, the Heating and Power Plant-North was constructed to replace the existing plant. When functional, the newer power plant had a boiler room, generator room, rooms on the ground floor and a 15-by-250-foot smokestack. The plant used four batteries of two boilers each, a 75,000-gallon water tank and a 30-foot switchboard among other equipment to provide heat and electricity. The power plant was retired in 1991 after a new boiler was added to Wade Utility Plant at the southern edge of campus.
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