MUNCIE - The Ball State University Board of Trustees has approved a more than $62 million health professions building. Officials say the new building will consolidate health-related programs at the school.

Ball State says the new 150,000 square foot building will include classrooms, laboratories, offices, a resource hub and clinical spaces. Officials say the spaces could be used for a number of programs including athletic training, nursing, health sciences, speech pathology and audiology, nutrition and dietetics, social work, and the Social Science Resource Center. 

"Providing a contemporary teaching, research and clinic facility to educate the health care workers of the future is another significant demonstration of our commitment to serve our students as well as the citizens of Indiana. This new building will provide a unique learning environment that will help foster collaboration and problem-solving across the health sciences disciplines," Ball State President Paul Ferguson said. 

"The new facility would not only provide additional space for growth in these high-demand programs, but it also would foster collaboration between fields focused on patient care. Currently, the various programs are spread across campus. Concentration of the related clinical spaces will strengthen both the academic training and community outreach programs offered, such as the counseling practicum clinic, neuropsychology laboratory, speech language clinic, audiology clinic and psychoeducational diagnostic intervention clinic," Provost Terry King said. 

Once a project architect is selected, school officials say a final site will be picked. Construction is expected to start no earlier than next summer.