A gift to the facilities at Ball State is about more than bricks and mortar. It’s an investment in the students, professors, and a campus community who will directly benefit in many ways.
Learn about some of the current facility initiatives:
Scheumann Family Indoor Practice Facility
Scheduled for completion in summer 2021, the $15 million indoor practice facility will be conveniently located adjacent to the Fisher Training Complex on the current footprint of the grass practice fields. The space will be utilized by the football, softball, baseball, and soccer teams during inclement weather. It will also provide additional opportunities for the entire campus and broader community. The 84,000 square-foot facility will feature a field-turf surface and regulation-sized competition field. Retractable netting, batting cages, and storage will provide the necessary amenities for teams to conduct training.
College of Health Building
Breaking ground in June 2017, this 150,000 sq. ft. building will serve as a contemporary teaching, research, and clinic facility to educate the health care workers of the future. This new facility will consolidate the various programs in the College of Health that have previously been spread across campus, including nursing, health sciences, speech pathology and audiology, nutrition and dietetics, social work, and other programs.
A premier glass facility, the Marilyn K. Glick Center supports and promotes the practice of the contemporary glass arts at Ball State University and in the East Central Indiana Region. The center's studio spaces, equipment, faculty, and staff support a broad-based and dynamic undergraduate and graduate curriculum in contemporary glass, as well as community outreach and education about the glass arts.
Lucky guests of this breathtaking greenhouse get to experience a small tropical environment in the middle of Indiana! The Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse contains nearly 2000 orchids – the largest university-based orchid collection in the United States. The collection is a living museum which provides opportunities for education and conservation of rare and endangered orchid species and is used for orchid research. The 3,400 square foot greenhouse is a resource used by students in biology, natural resources, art, technology, landscape architecture, and photography and presents a variety of educational programs open to the general public. Docents assist visitors during guided tours.
The largest planetarium in the State of Indiana recently underwent a major 6,500 sq. ft. addition. The reinforced concrete structure with a 52-foot steel dome now includes a lobby, equipment room, and mechanical and electrical support spaces. Today, it gives regular shows open to the public, school groups, and Ball State University students. With its immersive state-of-the-art technology, up to 140 visitors may experience the night sky as they have never seen it before. This Ball State marvel exists in its new renovated condition thanks to generous gifts from friends and alumni.
For 50 years, the Muncie community has enjoyed concerts and Broadway shows at Emen’s Auditorium. Renovations to this historic building will update and expand the existing structure for a better guest experience. The 12,000-foot expansion will add a larger lobby, main floor restrooms, a relocated box office, as well as office space and a conference room.