MUNCIE - Officials at Ball State University will Thursday afternoon break ground on the $62.5 million Health Professions Building. The 167,000-square-foot facility is expected to be complete in summer 2019.

The university says the facility will "embrace an innovative, collaborative and interprofessional environment for students to promote learning, discovery and engagement." It will feature 12 exam rooms, a pediatric simulation suite, two 10-bed simulation suites and a virtual simulation lab, among other amenities.

Plans for the project were announced in 2015 and the Ball State said then that the building would consolidate health-related programs on the Muncie campus. In December, the Ball State Board of Trustees approved issuing bonds for the project.

The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.