April 14, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Work continues on the $99.5 million Mackey Arena Complex project on the Purdue University campus.
Crews are in the process of moving the F parking lot north of its current location, while continuing to construct two new football practice fields and a new parking lot.
The work requires the removal of some trees along Northwestern Avenue. Their removal was deemed necessary because they obstructed the view at the new exit onto Northwestern.
The 65 trees that are being removed will be replaced with 150 to 200 new trees. Donald Staley, senior landscape architect in the Office of the University Architect, said 161 trees, 72 percent of those on the renovation site, will remain.
Staley noted that the new parking lot will have an innovative landscape treatment that includes more trees and a state-of-the-art storm water system that will keep most of the water in the ground rather than sending it to the sewer.
The renovation of the 42-year-old arena and surrounding area will include an expanded concourse and other fan amenities in Mackey and a three-level Student-Athlete Development Center for sports medicine, strength and weight training, and basketball practice.
The project will take three years, said Steve Simmerman, assistant athletics director for facilities. Most of the work will be done from April 1 to Nov. 1 annually when basketball is not in its playing and practice seasons.