John S. Wright Center

John S. Wright Center facility, aerial view.


The John S. Wright Center includes teaching and research laboratories, office space for faculty and students, two greenhouses, two walk-in coolers for storing large plant specimens and a 120-person conference facility. The 17,000-square-foot center is used as a field lab, teaching resource and meeting place for faculty, staff and students in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources as well as other departments on campus.

John S. Wright Center front of building and sign.The John S. Wright Forestry Center is located at 1007 North 725 West in West Lafayette. It is on the site of Martell Forest, approximately 7.5 miles west of the West Lafayette campus. Built in 2002-2003 at a cost of $4 million, the 17,000 sq. ft. Center is a state-of-the-art facility with teaching and research laboratories, office space for faculty and staff, two greenhouses​, and a conference center. The Center was dedicated and officially opened October 3, 2003.

The Center is named in honor of John Shepard Wright, a member of the Purdue University class of 1892 who, in 1964, provided the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources with a generous endowm​ent for the promotion of forestry in Indiana. Mr. Wright was a botanist, an Eli Lilly executive, and a friend of many forestry leaders in Indiana, particularly Stanley Coulter, Purdue University Professor Daniel DenUyl, and Charles C. Deam, the first state forester of Indiana.


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To find out air temperature, soil temperature and wind speed click on Martell Forest at The Indiana State Climate Office - Purdue Mesonet Data Hub website. This information is brought to you by a collaborative effort with the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, one of FNR's allied research centers with faculty and staff on the team, and the Indiana State Climate Office.


More About the Facility and Our Research

John S. Wright Center large conference room. John S. Wright Center large conference room with table set up. John S. Wright Center large conference room with double tables set up.

Available audio-visual equipment in the Conference Room includes a slide projector, overhead projector, LCD projector, computer hookup, t-1 line, and a wireless network for up to 10 computers. A fully equipped kitchen, adjacent to the Conference Room, has a refrigerator, sink, stove, microwave, and coffeemaker.

Approximate room size is 55' x 44', 2750 sq. ft

Seating Capacity

  • Seminar style - 120 chairs in rows
  • Classroom style - 70 at tables in rows
  • Conference style - 45 at tables in a square
  • Dinner style - 100 at rectangular tables

Rates (full day rate based on 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.):

  • College of Agriculture: $200 full day; $100 half day (5 hours or more)
  • Purdue University: $250 full day; $125 half day (5 hours or more)
  • Student Organizations: $50 full day; $25 half day (5 hours or more)

After 5:00 p.m.:

  • $15/hour added on to the regular hourly rate listed above, must be registered for day event
  • without a day event $50/hour
  • $15/hour/day weekend staffing fee, must be registered for day event

Rates for Conference Room and Classroom:

  • College of Agriculture: $350 full day; $175 half day
  • Purdue University: $400 full day; $200 half day
  • $100 full day; $50 half day

The Center is an approved Purdue University venue for alcoholic beverage use. The form to request approval for alcohol use can be obtained from the Memorial Union Event Services (765-494-8906) and must be filed with them at least 45 days in advance of the event.

As with all Purdue University buildings, the John S. Wright Center is a non-smoking facility.

*Customers will be charged the hourly rate plus staffing fee, in addition to the regular room rate, for every hour the facility is used outside the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

John S. Wright Center classroom. John S. Wright Center classroom. John S. Wright Center classroom.

 

Approximate room size is 50’ x 27’, 1548 sq. ft.
Seating capacity: 55-60

Rates (full day rate based on 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.):

  • College of Agriculture: $150 full day; $75 half day (5 hours or more)
  • Purdue University: $200 full day; $100 half day (5 hours or more)
  • $50 full day; $25 half day (5 hours or more

After 5:00 p.m.:

  • $15/hour added on to the regular hourly rate listed above, must be registered for day event
  • without a day event $50/hour
  • $15/hour/day weekend staffing fee, must be registered for day event

Rates for Conference Room and Classroom:

  • College of Agriculture: $350 full day; $175 half day
  • Purdue University: $400 full day; $200 half day
  • $100 full day; $50 half day

As with all Purdue University buildings, the John S. Wright Center is a non-smoking facility.

*Customers will be charged the hourly rate plus staffing fee, in addition to the regular room rate, for every hour the facility is used outside the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

FNR has over 3,500 square feet of greenhouse space.

Telaina Minnicus
Lead Administrative Assistant to Dept. Head/ISS Liaison
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Purdue University
Phone: 765-494-3590
Fax: 765-494-9461
Email: tminnicu@purdue.edu

Learn about our nine Research Areas and meet our world-class faculty members.  

Allied research centers seek to support and enhance the research and partnership enterprise at Purdue University. The centers are valued and encouraged as they create a venue for faculty to come together to pursue common goals. Forestry and Natural Resources faculty and staff are involved in six centers at the University.

The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources maintains an impressive collection of state-of-the-art research and education facilities. These labs, green houses, and educational facilities are a fundamental component that enables our faculty and students to learn, make new discoveries, and engage our clients in using these discoveries to sustain our nation’s ecosystems and natural resources.​