Ball State Board Endorses Residence Project Designs

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(rendering courtesy Ball State University) (rendering courtesy Ball State University)

The Ball State University Board of Trustees has endorsed architectural renderings of the first phase of the new North Residential Neighborhood. The $90 million project, which includes a new residence hall and stand-alone dining facility, is expected to be complete in 2020.

The renderings, which can be viewed in large format below, feature the project that Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns says will "enhance student life" and allow the university to "attract, retain and graduate high-achieving students, which is critical to the future of the state of Indiana and beyond."

The board approved plans for the first phase of the project in July. It includes a five-story residence hall, which will accommodate 500 students and serve as the home of the STEM Living-Learning Community. 

"This new living-learning experience will encourage academic innovation," Board Chair Rick Hall said in a news release. "At the same time, the new residence hall will strengthen the connection to campus. Future STEM students will find amenities designed to enhance their classroom instruction."

The dining hall features 65,000 square feet of space and will house eight "micro-restaurants" covering various dining options, including allergen, breakfast and Italian, among others. It will also include a flexible 125-seat private space as well as housing and dining office space.

The North Residential Neighborhood is part of the university's campus master plan, which includes the demolition of the LaFollette residence hall, which is currently underway and scheduled to be complete in 2021. The second phase of the project will also include a new residence hall.

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