Ball State is pleased to partner with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a national non-profit dedicated to teaching technical skills, problem-solving, and communication skills to high schoolers. Just like Ball State students, PLTW students are known for thinking big and tackling real-world challenges. 

Project Lead the Way: Ft. Wayne

MartinRiley architects + engineers – 221 West Baker Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Saturday, March 16 
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MartinRiley architects + engineers
221 West Baker Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana. 
(Lunch provided)

Adaptive Reuse + Historic Preservation

Facilitator: Noah Donica

As a culture we have become quick to dispose of broken, old, or overused items. This disposal has led to an overabundance of product manufacturing and an extraneous use of new materials and energy. In a world shifting towards sustainability and environmentally conscious design, it is prudent that our architecture take advantage of the existing structures and materials.

With a focus in adaptive reuse and historic preservation, Fort Wayne firm, MartinRiley architect=engineers (MRae) invites students to learn about the ways we can responsibly design for the future. Students will tour the site of a current adaptive reuse project in Fort Wayne (a few blocks from the MRae office). This site tour will be incorporated into a design charrette that will challenge students to design an adaptive reuse project.

In addition to the charrette, students are encouraged to bring prints, sketches, and ideas of their current CEA Library design. MRae’s team of design professionals, in tangent with current Ball State faculty and students, will be available for critique and consultation.

9:00-9:15 am, Introductions
9:15 – 10 am, Historic Preservation and Adaptive reuse presentation/warm-up activity
10:00 – 11:30 am, Site visit to Local project
11:30 – 12:00 am, Divide into teams and start charrette--a design and planning activity
12:00 – 12:30,  Working lunch
12:30 – 2:30 pm, Continue charrette/Library design critiques (for students who are interested)
2:30 – 3:00 pm, Review team results

For questions and registrations, contact Lori Pence at lpence@bsu.edu or 765-285-5879.


Professor Joe Blalock with high school students participating in CAP's Project Lead the Way session, Interactive City Design in November 2018. Image taken during the 2018 design charrette at CAP: Indy Connector @ The Platform in Indiananpolis.

Ball State instructors and alumni passionate about the built environment look forward to engaging with high schoolers through this new partnership.The workshops will introduce Project Lead the Way students to foundational concepts of the design and build process, provide access to architecture professionals, and culminate with a finished project.