At A Glance:
Location: Muncie, IN
Size: 154,000 sq. ft.
Type: Addition, Renovation
Services: Architecture, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Energy, Technology, Interiors, Civil, Landscape Architecture, Extended Services, Sustainable Design
Ball State University identified the opportunity to renovate the Schmidt/Wilson Residence Halls with a focus on a living-learning community for theater and art students. Looking to modernize and accommodate the needs of the students, the inclusion of the newest technologies and amenities were incorporated into the design of the residence hall. Originally a 1960s era dormitory, the Schmidt Associates team re-imagined the building in its entirety, using our experience to create a facility that fully integrates the innovative ideology of Ball State. To promote a sense of camaraderie, the new design features 2-story lounge spaces and central lounge with a performance area. The new facility reimages the entry into campus where students are center stage.
The HVAC system is powered by Ball State’s campus-wide geothermal system. A passive valance heating and cooling system has been a staple of the firm’s four previous residence halls due to comfort level, cost and energy efficiencies, and low-maintenance requirements. This project is LEED Gold Certified.
“Design has been particularly well suited for the population.”