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Balfour Beatty begins construction of $86 million apartment complex in Purdue West-side development district in the US

12 January 2018


Balfour Beatty, a leading developer and operator of infrastructure projects for the college and university market, has this month commenced construction on a private $86 million, 835-bed apartment complex on the West side of the Purdue University Campus in America, on behalf of Purdue Research Foundation.

The complex, delivered in joint venture with Walsh Investors, a Chicago based infrastructure and real estate investment firm, will be the first facility in the $1 billion development district.

The four-storey, three-building, 387,000 square foot complex, known as “Aspire at Discovery Park”, will be located on a five-acre tract on the South Side of State Street, a major East-West artery running through the University  Campus. It will include studios and two-bedroom and four-bedroom apartments with rental pricing of the apartments comparable to or lower than similar apartments in the area. The complex will also include 18,000 square feet for community and retail space in the facilities.

Bob Shepko, Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions President, said, “The Balfour Beatty team is excited to commence the first major construction in the transformation of the west side of the Purdue University campus.

“Aspire at Discovery Park will be situated in an ideal location for residents to take advantage of all that this new development will offer.”

The project represents the first for the newly formed joint venture between Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions and Walsh Investors. Walsh Investors, who have signed a long-term lease with the Purdue Research Foundation for the land, will collaborate with respect to the project.

Construction is due to be completed in August 2019 with Walsh Construction Company, one the largest general contractors in the US in joint venture with local construction contractor Smoot Construction.

Sean Walsh, President of Walsh Construction, said, “The Walsh Construction and Smoot Construction Joint Venture is excited to be part of this innovative project and Walsh is extremely pleased to continue to expand our growing relationship with Purdue University.

Jeff Kanable, Director of Discovery Park District (formerly Purdue Innovation District), said “It is certainly a milestone to break ground on the first of many developments in the Discovery Park District.

“In just a few years this area will feature modern living, learning, shopping and dining for Purdue students and the surrounding community.”

John Dennis, Mayor of West Lafayette, said, “All the developments in and around Purdue University and West Lafayette are carefully planned to support and complement each other and advance Tippecanoe County as a destination to live in and visit.

“Another major advantage is that the Discovery Park District also will allow us to recapture taxes paid to the state through Indiana’s TIF funds to support continued development and prosperity for our city.”




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Notes to Editors

About Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions

Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions LLC provides development, asset/property management, and other real estate services to colleges, universities and their affiliated entities with a special focus on projects utilizing a public-private partnership model. The company offers an alternative solution for higher education institutions to finance and execute their necessary capital plans, including academic facilities for faculty, classrooms and labs, athletic spaces, wellness centers and student housing. Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions is part of Balfour Beatty Investments Inc., a global company focused on financing and operating the vital assets that enable societies and economies to grow roads and railways, health and education facilities, power and water systems, places to live and places to work — the infrastructure that underpins progress. Balfour Beatty Investments is a division of Balfour Beatty plc, a U.K.-based international infrastructure group operating in construction services, support services and infrastructure investments.


About Purdue Research Foundation

The Purdue Research Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation created to advance the mission of Purdue University. Established in 1930, the foundation accepts gifts; administers trusts; funds scholarships and grants; acquires property; protects Purdue's intellectual property; and promotes entrepreneurial activities on behalf of Purdue. The foundation manages the Purdue Foundry, Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization, Purdue Research Park and Purdue Technology Centers. The foundation received the 2014 Incubator Network of the Year by the National Business Incubation Association for its work in entrepreneurship. For more information about funding and investment opportunities in startups based on a Purdue innovation, contact the Purdue Foundry at


About Discovery Park District

The Discovery Park District is a partnership development between Purdue Research Foundation and master developer Browning Investments and is designed to provide a preeminent environment for educational, economic, cultural, community and real estate development encompassing several million square feet with a total investment of more than $1 billion.

The 450-acre district will feature 7 million square feet of interior building space including a hotel with conference center; restaurants; retail, office and business spaces; parks; research facilities; and industrial space. The project is planned to take place over a 15- to 20-year period.

Discovery Park District supports the $120 million State Street Redevelopment Project jointly developed by the City of West Lafayette and Purdue University. The project stretches from the Wabash River through downtown West Lafayette, Purdue’s campus and Discovery Park District to State Street’s intersection with U.S. 231.

The state of Indiana has designated TIF, or tax increment financing, districts for areas encompassing many of the new developments, meaning the area can recapture some taxes collected by the state and use the funds for additional development opportunities.


About Walsh Investors
Walsh Investors, LLC is the investment arm of the Walsh family, owners of The Walsh Group.  Walsh Investors, through direct investment and various partnerships and joint ventures, invests in infrastructure projects and office, industrial and residential developments throughout the United States and Canada.  The Walsh Group is a 120-year-old company operating as Walsh Construction, Archer Western and Walsh Canada across 18 regional offices. The company is ranked as the 11th largest contractor in the United States according to Engineering News-Record. Additional information about The Walsh Group can be found at

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