In 2016, Browning was selected by the Purdue Research Foundation as Master Development Partner to develop approximately 450 acres at the west end of the Purdue University campus. The Discovery Park District will foster connectivity of business, community, and university, and be a master planned community to help drive new business and economic development. The full plan will include student housing; non-student residential; hospitality; lab, research and other collaboration spaces; office; discovery and entrepreneurial spaces; retail; public spaces; and aerospace industry-focused research, advanced manufacturing and light industrial space.
Development, ultimately totaling several million square feet with a total investment in excess of $1 billion, will build a preeminent environment for educational, economic, cultural, community and real estate development with a long-term plan and a vision large enough that Browning and other developers will be executing vertical development over the next 15 to 30 years.
As the master developer of DPD, Browning plays three key roles:
- First, Browning is responsible for establishing and maintaining the overall master plan for DPD. The majority of this work has been completed and was approved by the PRF Board of Directors and the Purdue University Board of Trustees in August of 2017.
- Second, Browning assists other developers or project owner-occupiers to execute developments that are consistent with the Master Plan.
- Third, Browning will develop, construct, finance, and own certain projects.