Ball State seeking additional funding for variety of projects
Major projects on the campus of Ball State University in Indiana have officials requesting an additional $22 million from the state for the 2016-17 school year over what was requested for 2014-15.
Among the projects are a new building for the College of Health Sciences and Professions, renovations of the tunnel network on campus and an initiative aimed at improving student recruitment and retaining faculty. The decision on the extra funding will be made by the Indiana State Legislature.
The university’s total budget for 2015 is $145.7 million and if the legislature approves the additional funding sought, the next two years could be $166.7 million and $165.8 million.
The new College of Health Sciences and Professions building is anticipated to cost $52.5 million and renovation of the Cooper Science Building will cost $10 million. Another big-ticket item sought is a $25.7 million upgrade to the College of Architecture and Planning’s utilities. Other upgrades include partial roof replacement, additional bathrooms, 13 new studios and larger model and fabrication shops.
Beneath the campus of more than 600 acres runs a series of tunnels that connect the 104 buildings. A request of $11.6 million was made to reconstruct certain tunnels, many of which are aging. Also, the Department of Theatre and Dance Instructional Venue seeks $6.2 million to add more than 16,700 square feet of new pace while renovating an additional 8,000 gross square feet of existing space.