Education’s Extensive Expansion

Education’s Extensive Expansion

Many of Indiana’s universities have been investing big over the last few months to keep pace with all of the innovation our world ceaselessly experiences. Today, numerous impressive projects are taking shape. Within the near future, the portfolio of the state’s academic capabilities is definitely going to be expanding.

Several of the largest announcements have involved STEM topics that would make science fiction writers of the past excited: new schools of computing, biomedical engineering, foundational sciences, and more. Others will be adding to the quality of life for campus residents, or training future generations of builders and designers. There’s a lot happening. We’ve gathered an overview of several projects that you should catch up on.


$87.5M – Ball State’s New Foundational Sciences Building
Architect: RATIO Architects
General Contractor: TBD

Rendering of the Ball State Foundational Sciences Building. (Ball State)

Design work is nearly complete for the $87.5 million Ball State Foundational Sciences Building, another step in the University’s plan to meet the growing demand for STEM professionals. The 205,000-square-foot structure will be located in the new East Quad, just to the south of the Health Professions Building that is currently under construction.

“The Foundational Sciences Building is a significant step forward in meeting a critical need for the state of Indiana,” said Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns. “The marketplace is seeking skilled and adaptable professionals who are knowledgeable, adept at critical thinking and problem-solving, and devoted to lifelong learning.”

Members of the biology and chemistry departments have collaborated with university facilities planning and management staff and others to develop a building program that will best meet the instructional and research needs of these departments.

The new five-story building will consist of six classrooms, 28 teaching and 44 research laboratories, a research library, an imaging suite, conference rooms, computer labs, collaborative space, and faculty offices.

The preliminary timetable calls for the construction of the Foundational Sciences Building to begin by Fall 2019 and be ready for occupancy in the Fall semester of 2021. Construction of the Health Professions Building is expected to be completed by Fall 2019 and will become the primary home of the College of Health.


$14M – Purdue’s Biomedical Engineering Building Expansion
Architect: BSA LifeStructures Inc.
Construction Manager: Walsh Construction

Rendering of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering expansion. (BSA LifeStructures, Purdue)

Construction has begun on a $14 million addition to the Martin C. Jischke Hall of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University. The new Innovation Wing will provide a platform for the strategic expansion of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering’s educational programs, research capabilities, and industry outreach.

“With a new Innovation Wing to our building, our goal is to grow our educational and research programs by roughly 50 percent over the next several years,” said George R. Wodicka, the Dane A. Miller head of Biomedical Engineering. “This growth is necessary to keep pace with the need for the innovation and translation of medical technologies and industry demand for biomedical engineers.”

The Weldon School has experienced exponential growth during the past decade. Its current facility, the Martin C. Jischke Hall of Biomedical Engineering, was dedicated in 2006. Since then, the faculty and student body have more than doubled.

Following the vision and design principles of the Martin C. Jischke Hall of Biomedical Engineering, the 29,500-square-foot wing will provide open-concept wet research labs; translational research labs, including a behavioral core; an expanded multidisciplinary student design lab; and support spaces for both instructional and research laboratories. Additional areas of the wing will house instructional spaces that support innovative active-learning pedagogy, office spaces, graduate student office areas and interactive team areas.

Construction is expected to be completed in July 2019. The school is planning a grand opening ceremony on Sept. 6, 2019.


$33M – Notre Dame’s New School of Architecture
Architect: John Simpson Architects LLP
Architect of Record: Stantec
General Contractor: Walsh Construction

The new Walsh Family Hall (John Simpson Architects LLP).

Construction has recently concluded on the University of Notre Dame’s new School of Architecture Building. Dubbed the Walsh Family Hall in recognition for a $33 million lead gift from Matthew and Joyce Walsh that made the project possible, the facility is intended to inspire future builders.

Matthew Walsh is the co-chairman of Walsh Construction, the 15th largest contractor in the nation. He and many members of the Walsh family have a long history of learning and service with Notre Dame.

The 100,000-square-foot Walsh Family Hall is located on the south side of the Notre Dame campus.

John Simpson, one of the world’s leading practitioners of New Classicism and New Urbanism, is the building architect. The global architecture/engineering firm Stantec is the architect-of-record.

The design takes its inspiration from the teaching methods of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and seeks to foster interaction between faculty, staff, and students with different levels of experience. The construction of the building emphasizes economy while maximizing the architectural character in keeping with the values of sustainability for the long-term life of the building.

The interiors are spartan but durable with plain, concrete floors, concrete block interior walls and partitions and exposed ceilings in studios, laboratories, classrooms and the areas of public circulation. More ceremonially appropriate architectural articulation has been used for the main lobby, hall of casts, auditoriums and library.


$50M – ISU’s Hulman Center Renovations
Architect: RATIO Architects
General Contractor: Hannig Construction

Rendering of the ISU Hulman Center Renovations. (RATIO, ISU)

Indiana State University officials recently awarded the contract for the renovation of the Hulman Center to Hannig Construction of Terre Haute.

“We are excited to kick off this much-needed upgrade to a highly-used community asset,” said Deborah J. Curtis, president of Indiana State University. “We are looking forward to the countless community events, concerts, dinners, basketball games, lectures, and other activities that will take place in the newly-renovated Hulman Center in years to come.”

Improvements include replacing outdated mechanical and electrical systems and failing exterior metal panel cladding and curtain walls. Updates to safety systems for fire suppression and key areas of the existing catwalk above the bowl area are also planned. Other limitations set to be remedied include adding a second, larger elevator.

Construction is set to begin soon and is expected to take 24 months. The university will continue to hold limited activities, including men’s and women’s basketball games, during the renovation period. Heavy mechanical work will occur during the summer months.

Total cost for the project is $50 million, which includes construction costs as well as soft costs such as design. Funding consists of $37.5 million appropriated by the state and $12.5 million from university gifts, cash reserves and non-fee-replaced borrowing.


$8.5M – Trine’s Expansion to Fawick Hall
Architect: Elevatus Architecture
General Contractor: TBD

Rendering of the Fawick Hall expansion. (Trine, Elevatus)

To help meet the growing need for professionals in areas such as hardware and software development, networking and information technology, Trine University will launch its new School of Computing in the fall of 2019. The new academic school eventually will be housed in a planned $8.5 million expansion to Fawick Hall on Trine University’s main campus in Angola.

The School of Computing will encompass current Trine programs in computer and software engineering as well as a revitalized computer science and information technology major that will feature new tracks in the increasingly important fields of cybersecurity, health informatics and web development.

Fundraising has begun for the Fawick Hall expansion. No timeline has been set for construction.

Current designs for the expansion include an airy, glass-walled exterior that will make a striking addition to the heart of the Trine University campus. The expansion also will feature:

  • State-of-the-art technology supporting new classrooms and labs
  • An artificial intelligence/virtual reality lab
  • Movable walls in some classroom areas to allow for greater flexibility
  • An active learning lab with a maker space to foster creativity
  • Expanded faculty office space
  • Bright, open spaces for collaboration and conversation
  • And a new cafe available to the entire campus

“Trine University’s new School of Computing will allow computer science students to collaborate more closely with students and faculty in engineering, providing greater synergy for the educational experience in all majors and giving computing students access to the latest technology,” said John Shannon, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs.

“We developed these programs with input from a world-class advisory board who helped us infuse the curriculum with the technological expertise required of our industry partners. We strongly believe this future-thinking curriculum and our planned leading-edge facilities in the expanded Fawick Hall will ensure we produce highly skilled computer science professionals who will continue to be in demand by industry,” Shannon said.