The Purdue Athletics academic learning center opened in August of 2004.
In 2011, the center was named the Drew and Brittany Brees Student-Athlete Academic Center - and subsequently the Brees Academic Performance Center in 2016 - in honor of Drew and Brittany's generous donation to support the continued academic success of our 500-plus student-athletes. In 2012, the Brees Center received a facelift and underwent renovations to increase the amount of study space available for our student-athletes, taking the academic study space from 3,150 square feet to 5,350 square feet.
The Brees Center is located west of Mackey Arena and offers several academic support services for our student-athletes, including advisors' offices, tutoring, walk-in tutoring, mentoring, monitored study areas, group and individual study rooms, and the Chris Ribnek Computer Technology Center. The computer lab was dedicated in 2005 to honor Chris Ribnek, who served as academic support services director from 2000 until succumbing to cancer in November of 2002. A 74-station computer lab, the lab is owned and operated by Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP).
On Feb. 9, 2018, the Purdue Board of Trustees' Physical Facilities Committee approved a plan to renovate approximately 10,300 square feet on the first floor of the Brees Center. The estimated $2.7 million project will create academic support space, with study rooms, tutoring space, a study hall and flexible classroom.
Construction is scheduled to begin in July and be completed in 2019. The project will be financed with gift funds.