Ball State University moves forward with $87.5 million science building

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The Ball State University says that its board of trustees has reviewed the proposed design of the $87.5-million Foundational Sciences Building.

The 205,000-sq.-ft. structure will be located in the new East Quad, just to the south of the Health Professions Building that is currently under construction.

The new five-story building will consist of six classrooms, 28 teaching and 44 research laboratories, a research library, an imaging suite, conference rooms, computer labs, collaborative space, and faculty offices.

“The design process for the new Foundational Sciences Building was guided by several goals, including incorporating the idea of wellness and sustainability; designing in flexibility and adaptability for long-term change; creating a sense of cross-collaboration between departments; and planning for possible expansion,” according to a statement from the university.

The new science structure, along with the Health Professions Building, is part of a phased plan to replace the aging Cooper Science Complex. The new buildings will support 21st century science- and health-based academic programs, the university said in the statement.

The preliminary timetable calls for the foundational sciences building construction to begin by fall 2019. Meanwhile, construction of the Health Professions Building is expected to be completed by fall 2019.

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