Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering

Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering

West Lafayette, IN|Higher Education

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 provides all engineering students with a multidisciplinary experience.

Client
Purdue University
Size
215,000 SF
Complete
2007

Located at Stadium and Northwestern avenues, Armstrong Hall’s dramatic design expresses engineering and an innovative spirit. A distinctive cantilever mimics an aircraft’s wing to symbolize Purdue’s contributions to flight and the space program. Exterior brick and limestone materials tie the new 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.

Outside the building’s main entrance, an eight-foot bronze sculpture of Neil Armstrong as a Purdue engineering student sits on a stone plinth above the plaza’s concrete inscription of his famous quote. Moon boot impressions reminiscent of Armstrong’s historic lunar excursion lead away from the statue.