Construction Updates - Griffin Hall North (formerly Third Street Suites North)

Construction is well underway for the new Griffin Hall North Residence Hall. Griffin Hall North will offer suite-style units, similar to the original Third Street (now known as Griffin Hall South). Located near central campus and just behind the Black Cultural Center, you'll be steps away from retail dining locations including Starbucks and Third Street Market. Wiley Dining Court is also just a short walk via sidewalks (no need to cross the street!). Also close by is the Purdue Co-Rec and convenient bus stops to get you where you need to go.

Follow the progress via a live webcam!

WEEK OF AUGUST 17TH:

  • Move-in week is here! Although there may still be finishing touches and minor construction work (specifically in the retail dining spaces), the building has been turned over to Purdue and students have the green light to move in to their spaces (on their assigned day and time slot).

WEEK OF AUGUST 10TH:

  • Residential Assistants (RAs) and a few early arrivals have moved in! How exciting!
  • Construction continues in some areas, especially in the retail dining spaces (Chick-Fil-A, Jersey Mike's).
  • Elevators and card readers are in. We're ready for you!
DID YOU KNOW? BGR (Boiler Gold Rush) move-in begins on Friday, Aug. 14. For sophomores and up, move-in is next week!

WEEK OF AUGUST 3RD:

  • We are so, so close! Finishing touches throughout the building continue. 
  • Work on Chick-Fil-A and Jersey Mike's in the retail area continues - both restaurants are starting to take shape!
  • Purdue crews are combing through the building with "punch lists" to make sure rooms are ready for students prior to move-in.
DID YOU KNOW? Countdown to move-in = two weeks to go, officially! RAs and other early arrivals have begun to move belongings into some student rooms.

WEEK OF JULY 27TH:

  • Owner training is underway (teaching Purdue crews how to operate equipment, utilities in the building)
  • Final painting underway.
  • Final pieces of furniture installed this week!

WEEK OF JULY 2OTH:

  • Fire alarm testing happening this week.
  • Interior signage posted.
  • Washer and dryers installed in the laundry rooms.
DID YOU KNOW? There are 24 fire extinguishers throughout the building.

WEEK OF JULY 13TH:

  • Final cleaning of student rooms is underway!
  • Final painting is wrapping up.
  • Traffic Note: All lanes of Russell Street are back open.
DID YOU KNOW? There are 570 student beds and 4 apartment beds in Griffin North (which includes an apartment for our Executive-in-Residence program! More info about how students can connect and receive mentoring from successful alumni here).

WEEK OF JULY 6TH:

  • Work on the first floor retail space is wrapping up (Jersey Mike's and Chick-Fil-A).
  • Common area furniture is being installed.
  • Paving is done, Russell Street is now fully back open! Striping the traffic lanes is expected next week.
DID YOU KNOW? We are about ONE MONTH away from the start of freshman move-in!

WEEK OF JUNE 29TH:

  • Brick pavers are being placed under the breezeway this week.
  • Polished concrete on the first floor is now complete.
  • Crews have finished the millwork around the front desk/hospitality area.
  • Asphalt is scheduled to be poured this week around the Wiley dock (area between Griffin North and Wiley Dining Court).

DID YOU KNOW? There are approximately 200 pavers at Griffin North!

WEEK OF JUNE 22ND:

  • Soil for planting is being placed around the building.
  • Brick for the outside patios is being installed this week.
  • The dropped ceiling tile is now complete in area A of the building (portion of the building closest to Third and Russell Streets).

DID YOU KNOW? Once the building is almost finished, the contractors invite the owners in for training on how to operate equipment within the building.

WEEK OF JUNE 15TH:

  • Concrete sidewalks around the buildings are being poured this week.
  • Metal panels on first and second floor (exterior) are complete.
  • All exterior doors expected to be in by the end of the week - another milestone!

DID YOU KNOW? There will be 1,169 trees and plants in the landscape surrounding Griffin Hall North!

WEEK OF JUNE 8TH:

  • Furniture installation continues.
  • Work in the retail areas (Jersey Mike's and Chick-fil-A) is ongoing - storefront glass nearly complete!
  • Excavation for Wiley delivery dock (between Wiley Dining Court and Griffin North) has begun.

DID YOU KNOW: Stay tuned - drone video coming soon!

WEEK OF JUNE 1ST:

  • Major milestone - furniture for student rooms has begun to arrive! We're getting so close to completion!
  • Patio outside the Executive-in-Residence apartment is being poured this week.
  • Cleaning of completed student rooms is ongoing.

DID YOU KNOW? Check out this article to earn more about my experience as a Student Construction Advocate for Griffin Hall North!

WEEK OF MAY 25TH:

  • Glass on the east side connector has been installed!
  • Metal panel trim work is complete.
  • Site work continues. Concrete is scheduled to be poured west of the courtyard this week.

DID YOU KNOW? Griffin Hall North has 410 steps inside the building. Though Meredith South and Griffin North have different a building layout and design, both have close to 400 steps inside.

WEEK OF MAY 18TH:

  • Carpet installation continues.
  • Wall framing has begun on the first floor where the two retail locations, Jersey Mike's and Chick-fil-a, will go in.
  • Glass and window installation is finishing up. Soon, Griffin North will be completely enclosed, a big milestone for the project!

DID YOU KNOW? There are 28 Purdue Student Living Areas, including the two new residence halls under construction: Meredith Hall South and Griffin Hall North.

WEEK OF MAY 11TH:

  • Exterior site work continues (curbs and gutters).
  • Carpet and ceiling tile are being installed.
  • Glass and windows are expected to be in by May 22nd. That's when the building will be completely enclosed - a major milestone in the construction process!
DID YOU KNOW? There are occupancy sensors inside Griffin North, so lights will turn on (but not be left on unnecessarily). Another way this project is "green."

WEEK OF MAY 4TH:

  • Metal coping of the roof is ongoing.
  • Sidewalks are being poured on the east side of the building.
  • Work has begun in the courtyard area.

DID YOU KNOW? You can watch the progress of construction through a time lapse or via our photo gallery to stay up to date on what the building currently looks like.

WEEK OF APRIL 27TH:

  • Installation of storefront windows to continue.
  • Exterior site work underway: curbs, sidewalks, lighting foundations, etc.
  • Brickwashing wrapping up.
DID YOU KNOW: Student furniture is expected to arrive in early May!

WEEK OF APRIL 20TH:

  • Exterior brick should be complete by the end of April!
  • The temporary outside elevator has been removed.
  • Storefront windows are being installed on the ground floor.
DID YOU KNOW? Gilbane (building company) is helping to fight COVID-19 by distributing masks to workers at higher risk at the job site.

WEEK OF APRIL 13TH:

  • Outside elevators expected to come down this week.
  • Inspection this week for inside elevator. Once approved for use, a crew member will operate elevator full-time for construction use (just like in the "olden days")!
  • Limestone panels continue to be installed in elevator area.

DID YOU KNOW? Third Street Suites North has a new name! Welcome to Griffin Hall North!

WEEK OF APRIL 6TH:

  • The outside temporary elevator will be coming down soon.
  • Elevators inside are done, and they look great! Next step: inspections before they can be used.
  • Exterior concrete work has begun.

DID YOU KNOW? Room layouts and dimensions are now available on the Third Street North main webpage!

WEEK OF MARCH 30TH:

  • Switch to permanent power expected soon!
  • Painting on the south portion of the building is complete, north end ongoing.
  • Only one elevation of the building remains until brickwork is complete!

DID YOU KNOW: All millwork in Third Street North was completed a floor a day, this means all of the millwork in the holding was completed within one week thanks to prefabrication!

WEEK OF MARCH 9TH:

  • Exterior brick work is finishing up!
  • Floor tiling in bathroom areas continues.
  • Painting continues inside.

WEEK OF MARCH 3RD:

  • Installation of the first indoor elevator should be complete this week!
  • The limestone panels for the elevator lobby have been delivered. Installation is moving along nicely!
  • Flooring for all student rooms is underway.
  • DID YOU KNOW? There are 525 bricks in a bundle, from each bundle a single bricklayer can lay approximately 500 bricks a day. This means that each crew can lay about 3000 bricks in a single day!

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 24TH:

  • Luxury Vinyl Tile (also known as LVT) is being installed in student rooms.
  • Limestone panels have been delivered.
  • Floor to ceiling glass panels are going up on the breezeway and crews will soon be removing the temporary walls behind them. This will be a popular place to study, I guarantee it!

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 17TH:

  • Drywall finishing up on northwest section of building.
  • Framing and windows up on the east side of the connector bridge.
  • Painting inside in student rooms and hallways continues.
  • DID YOU KNOW? Most of the limestone for both Griffin Hall North and Meredith South is from Indiana.

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 3RD:

  • Work to begin soon on the curtain walls for the bridge between the two sections of the building.
  • Elevator work is ongoing.
  • Inside, more painting in the hallways and inside student rooms.

WEEK OF JANUARY 27TH:

  • Framework for the external windows continues, and large windows on the south end are being installed.
  • Crews have begun to wash the brick on the north portion of the building, so it should be looking nice and pretty!
  • Both elevators inside are in the process of being installed.
  • DID YOU KNOW? There have been NO delays on the project due to winter weather thus far!

WEEK OF JANUARY 21ST:

Welcome back! While you were on winter break, construction of Griffin Hall North continued. We've made a lot of progress and both the interior and exterior are taking shape. Here's a look at what's happening this week (and in the month ahead):

  • The first elevator is expected to be installed by early February. This means the pink elevator on the outside will be taken down.
  • Furniture, furnishings and equipment will arrive next week, so the student rooms will soon be coming together!
  • Drywall continues and some painting has begun, too.
  • DID YOU KNOW? You can visit Smalley Center and talk to the front desk about seeing floor plans for the building.

WEEK OF DECEMBER 6TH:

  • Masonry (brick) continues on the south side of building B (up to the fifth floor, now).
  • Inside, drywall and sanding continues - the student rooms are starting to take shape!
  • We continue to work on making the building site ready for winter weather (exterior sheething, water-tight inspections).
  • DID YOU KNOW? When students return from winter break, we'll be painting and tiling inside student rooms. Construction is on-schedule for Fall 2020 move-in. 

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 18TH:

  • Mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection activities are still ongoing within the building.
  • Drywall continues inside the building.
  • Masonry continues on the south side of the north portion of the building, as well as the west side of the south portion of the building.
  • DID YOU KNOW? The average electrician on the job takes approximately 16,000 steps during a work day.

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 11TH:

  • Winter protection (enclosing the building) is nearly complete.
  • Drywall work continues.
  • Temporary heat has been brought in to keep the inside of the building at 50 degrees while work continues during the winter months.

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 4TH:

  • IMPORTANT: Due to the upcoming weather conditions, there may be work occurring on Saturdays and Sundays in order to stay on schedule.
  • Brick on the west side of the south pod has started.
  • Drywall is going in on the second floor of the south pod.
  • DID YOU KNOW? There are approximately 380,000 bricks being laid for Griffin Hall North!

WEEK OF OCTOBER 21ST:

  • Crews are installing insulation from the bottom up.
  • Drywall is also being installed this week! Look out for deliveries of drywall pieces.
  • Permanent power is expected to be up and running this week.

WEEK OF OCTOBER 14TH:

  • Pipes will go through hydronic testing. This means the pipes will be tested to ensure proper water movement flows through the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
  • Exterior framing of the ground floor is now complete.
  • The exterior brick will be getting washed soon, so be on the lookout for the fresh-looking exterior of Griffin Hall North!
  • DID YOU KNOW? The masons will put up a barrier during the winter to warm up the area they are working on. This will help keep the grout at the correct temperature so they can continue working through freezing temperatures this winter.

WEEK OCTOBER 7TH:

  • 100% of the individual window units (student rooms) have been installed!
  • Drywall framing has begun on the south portion of the 6th floor.
  • Framing for the elevators will begin soon!
  • DID YOU KNOW? Approximately 53,548 hours of labor have been put into construction of this building, so far!

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 23RD:

  • Heating and cooling units will start to be installed into the individual rooms!
  • The brick interior work continues along the east side of the building (along Russell Street).
  • Windows are being installed in the residence hall rooms.
  • DID YOU KNOW? The height of Griffin Hall North, from the bottom of the ground floor, to the top of the penthouse, will be 77'5"!

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16TH:

  • Major milestone: roofing starts this week! Then, around October 1st, drywall is expected to begin as work on Griffin Hall North moves inside.
  • Reminder: Construction hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • DID YOU KNOW: The freight elevators at the construction site are pink - for a reason! For breast cancer awareness. 

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9TH:

  • Construction hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. unless otherwise announced.
  • OUTSIDE: Sitework for the water main is expected to be completed.
  • INSIDE: In-wall plumbing continues throughout the south section of the building, and electrical rough-in will be finishing up on the 3rd floor in far northern section of the building.
  • DID YOU KNOW? Griffin Hall North will be a LEED certified building!

Updates provided by:

Jared King

Jared King

Griffin Hall North Construction Advocate

Construction Management Technology (Class of 2021)

"Hi! I'm Jared, the Construction Advocate for Griffin Hall North. I chose to major in Construction Management Technology because the construction industry will always be around. I think it's also exciting to look at a building and say "I had a part in that." I love Purdue because it is a university of hard-working people that are all trying to work toward a better future."