Ball State University has dedicated a newly-renovated facility aimed at preparing students for the construction industry. The 2,500 square-foot Robert G. Hunt Center for Construction Management is based on the collaborative space at Hunt Construction Group’s offices in Indianapolis.
Hunt is the chairman and chief executive officer of Hunt Construction Group and also a graduate of Ball State. The university says Hunt and his wife Diane are the construction management program’s strongest supporters, which led to the center being named in their honor.
James Jones, professor of construction management at Ball State, says the facility is designed to foster teamwork.
"Now more than ever, students must work collaboratively as part of highly complex teams," said Jones. "Our students are learning the skills needed to become proficient managers who can guide multi-million dollar projects from concept to completion on time and within budget. This center will play a critical role as they learn how to work with professionals from various parts of an organization to make sure that all needs are addressed."
The university says the facility’s primary use will be for the program’s capstone course, which puts students into teams of four to work on a construction project. Students will have 24-hour access to the facility.
"There is a feeling of excitement for what this center will bring for future students — and obviously a sense of pride and humility in having been a part of a team that brought this to fruition," said Hunt.