MUNCIE - Ball State University has approved bonds for construction of a new $87.5 million Foundational Sciences Building. The 205,000-square-foot structure will be next to the the Health Professions Building, which is currently under construction and expected to open by fall of this year.

 “Our new Foundational Science Building will feature state-of-the-art equipment that enables faculty and staff in our biology and chemistry departments to conduct enhanced research in their science-based disciplines,” President Mearns said. “We believe the building will become an important asset in our University’s ability to provide a premier on-campus undergraduate experience to our students who will benefit from its use,” said Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns in a news release.

In addition to the new science building, the university is also constructing East Quad, as well as several construction projects throughout campus that are already underway or deep into the planning stage, including the North Residential Student Neighborhood, the East Mall, the Multicultural Center and the New York Avenue Parking Garage.

The Foundational Sciences Building is expected to open in 2021.