Ball State University leaders sought to bring together multiple departments and to incorporate health, wellness, sustainability and technology within a single building that would be both student-centric and community-serving. Reflecting the project’s interdisciplinary programmatic goals, RATIO’s architects, interior designers and landscape architects worked as an integrated team to create a cohesive design that sets new standards for design and construction on Ball State’s campus, and for interprofessional education at large.
Uniting Health Education and Practice
On the leading edge of interprofessional education and practice, the Health Professions Building provides a state-of-the-art facility for Ball State University’s newly formed College of Health and anchors a new East Quad on campus.
The design team conducted site investigations to help locate the new building and worked closely with department chairs to understand what they needed and wanted from a new facility. Connectivity and collaboration were core design drivers. High-tech simulation and research labs, group therapy rooms, open social spaces, an active learning classroom, health library, and demonstration kitchen have all been designed to maximize collaboration and discovery across all disciplines in the building. A first-floor outpatient clinic—one of the first of its kind—gives students invaluable real-world experience, while providing high-quality healthcare to the Muncie community.
Rick Hall, Chair, Ball State University Board of Trustees
A sustainable anchor on the new East Quad, the LEED Gold-certified Health Professions Building plays an integral part in Ball State’s strategy to bolster its health, science and other STEM programs.