Project Timeline for University Lutheran Church Relocation

Published on January 12th, 2017

University Lutheran Church is on the move, a change that will position the ministry for expanded outreach and increased visibility among Purdue University students. The church has entered into an agreement to purchase the former Exponent building located at 460 Northwestern Avenue, directly across from the Purdue Engineering Mall, and #ULuOnTheMove is moving forward at a well-planned pace.

Here’s a quick overview of the project timeline, including important milestones toward making this expanded ministry a reality.


December 2016

  • Work with architects and engineers to reconfigure the Exponent space for student ministry.
    • Updates include a street-level patio and café, church offices, and a sanctuary. Exterior changes include new signage and landscaping.
    • To-date, these schematic design plans are 90% complete and moving forward at a good pace.
  • Request for rezoning at a public meeting before the Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission Lafayette, Indiana.
    • Because the property was zoned for a specific purpose, namely the printing of the student newspaper, the Indiana District of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has to go back through the Tippecanoe County Area Planning Commission to change the building usage to campus ministry/church use and obtain approval from both the West Lafayette City Council and Tippecanoe County Council.
    • LCMS has posted signage at the former Exponent location and is scheduled to appear before the Tippecanoe Area Planning Commission in late December.

January 2017

  • Appear before the West Lafayette City Council in early January 2017.
  • Continue working with the project architects and engineers to develop design documents, based on approved schematic designs.

February 2017

  • Finalize design and begin construction documents.

March 2017

  • Submit final construction plans to City of West Lafayette Engineers Office and submit construction documents for state review.
  • Close on the purchase with the Exponent and Capital City Ventures.
  • Begin bidding for construction.

April 2017

  • Receive final approval from the City of West Lafayette and obtain all necessary permits.
  • Review final bids and assign work to chosen contractors.

May 2017

  • Submit the final detail plan to the Tippecanoe Area Planning Commission.
  • Begin construction.

June 2017

  • Construction continues.
  • Record final documents with the Tippecanoe Area Planning Commission.

July – September 2017

  • Construction continues.
  • Construction completed on or before mid September, just in time to celebrate the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation.