Campus Master Plan - Ball State University

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Ball State University
Ball State University
Campus Master Plan
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
August 10, 2012
Dr. Randy Howard
Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer
Ball State University
ACE Fellows Visit To Ball State
ACE Fellows Gain, Give Perspective During Ball State Visit
June 18, 2012
They learned about Ball State University’s (IN) exceptional use of facilities to support student success and about the innovative geothermal
heating and cooling system, one of the institution’s sustainability initiatives.
Forty-eight members of the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program gained from Ball
State President Jo Ann M. Gora’s perspective on the important role that facilities and sustainability
initiatives play in ensuring student success.
The day focused on campus master planning, the geothermal sustainability initiative and planning
residence halls for student success.
"The visit to Ball State provided a unique living laboratory that pulled together so many themes of the
entire Fellowship experience—planning, finances, leadership, campus vision, senior cabinet team
work—and how all of this comes together to serve the institutional mission of service to students,”
said Sharon A. McDade, director of the ACE Fellows Program. “Ball State University is exceptional
in how it exemplifies best practices in all of these areas."
Ball State University President Jo Ann
Gora talks to the 2011-12 ACE Fellows.
The ACE Fellows said that the Ball State campus was a valuable laboratory.
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Overview
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Ball State’s Evolving Master Plan
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Where are we Now?
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What is a Master Plan?
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A comprehensive blueprint for the future!
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What do we have?
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What do we want?
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How can we get there?
It should develop a framework for coordinating campus
development in response to the strategic vision
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A living document; strategic plan can change
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Short-term and long-term elements
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Typical Elements
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Space Utilization and Space Needs
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Transportation, Mobility, and Parking
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Pedestrian Circulation and Public Realm
Competitive Athletics and Recreational Sports
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Academic Planning
Student Life, Housing, and Dining
Land Use and Community Integration
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Signage and Entryways
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Landscape Master Plan
Architectural, Site, and Urban Design Guidelines
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Community Integration
Implementation, Phasing, and Process
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Cost Issues
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What does it Look Like?
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The process:
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It must be inclusive and have the right expertise
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Can cost $100,000 to $750,000 or more
The product:
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One comprehensive written document or a combination of documents,
policies, ideas, presentations, etc.
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Long-term “site” plan, housing & dining plan, signage guideline policy, etc.
Type of plan can be affected by various factors
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Enrollment growth and funding environment are critical factors
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BSU Enrollment History
(Fall Semester, On-campus, Headcount)
25,000
Rundell Ernstberger Plan & Updates (1980)
20,000
15,000
Perkins and Will Plan (1968)
10,000
New Plan
(2013)
Lowry Plan (1922)
5,000
Scholer Plan (1946)
1918
1928
1938
1948
1958
Headcount - Actual
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1968
1978
1988
1998
2008
Headcount - Projected
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Rundell Ernstberger Plans
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Identified future sites for:
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Academic Buildings – West of McKinley
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Residence Halls – North of Studebaker (Comprehensive Master Plan)
Neighborhood concept
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Academic, Administrative/Support, Residential, and Athletics
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Addressed McKinley Avenue (safety and visual appeal)
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Established comprehensive transportation plan
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Vibrant Campus – Landscape development, site improvements
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Neighborhoods
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Solid lines are existing and dashed
are for potential expansion
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Red areas are academic and
administrative
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Blue areas are housing
neighborhoods
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Green is an emerging area that
combines cultural and academic in
a vibrant space
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Athletics and some administrative
are focused in the north (off the
map) and south
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Pictures of Ball State today
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Where are we Now?
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Have held off on a new comprehensive plan for several years
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Stable enrollment – quality versus quantity
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Fiscal environment suggested little funding for new buildings
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Existing plan addressed immediate and mid-term needs
Issuing an RFQ for a Comprehensive Master Plan
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Looking to the future – Ball State has changed…
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Addressing institutional and state priorities
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Campus inclusion and documentation will be key elements
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Specific Project Prioritization & Review
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Consistent with institutional and state priorities
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Facility condition (deferred maintenance) and life safety issues
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Could we address need with existing space – reallocation, etc.
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Lean towards renovation versus new (consider cost and long-term functionality)
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Funding model – current and ongoing costs
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State, Federal, Philanthropic, Grant, Auxiliary Revenue, etc.
Long-term stewardship
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Set aside 2% to 5% of replacement value annually (Financial Planning
Guidelines for Facility Renewal and Adaptation, a joint project of SCUP,
NACUBO, APPA, and Coopers & Lybrand)
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Current and Future Projects
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Housing and Dining
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Academic
Infrastructure
Athletic Facilities
Other Auxiliary Facilities
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Ball State Welcome Center
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Central Campus Academic Project
Applied Technology
Teachers College
North Quad
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Central Campus Academic Project
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Three Buildings
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Impact about 2/3rds of all student (11,000 to 14,000 students per week!)
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Focus is life safety and mechanical systems
Part of strategic plan - improve core academic facilities
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Long tradition of maintaining versus asking for new buildings
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Legislatively Authorized: $52.7M total ($33M and $19.7M)
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State Approved: $40.5M ($33M and $7.5M)
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Yet to be approved $12.2M
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College of Architecture
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Cooper Science Complex
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New “East” Academic Quad
Riverside Avenue
Music
Building
Ball Honors
House
Parking
Structure
Ashland Avenue
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Vibrant Student Neighborhoods
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Higher retention and
graduation rates
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Higher grade point averages
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Living/learning
communities provide unique
educational experiences
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Student engagement
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Residential campus culture
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Residence Halls
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Housing Occupancy
Cohort Year
New
Freshmen
New Transfers
Returning
Students
Other
Total Students
2006
3,315
282
2,039
73
5,709
2007
3,224
276
2,389
72
5,961
2008
3,543
310
2,261
79
6,193
2009
3,662
346
2,555
72
6,635
2010
3,336
393
2,636
91
6,456
2011
3,660
387
2,656
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6,765
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2011-12 Room & Board
Rate Comparison (MAC Schools)
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Infrastructure
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Expansion of Tunnel Utility System
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Geothermal Project – Phase 2
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Geothermal District Heating &
Cooling System
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Geothermal Project – Phase 1
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State support: $45M and Federal grant: $5M
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1,800 bore holes
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20 out of 47 buildings connected
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Two – 2,500 ton heat pump chillers installed
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New hot water distribution loop, augmented chilled water loop
Geothermal Project – Phase 2
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Will request $29.2 million in 2013-15 biennium to complete the project
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Geothermal District Heating & Cooling System
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Athletic Facilities
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BSU is a member of the Mid-American Conference
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Membership at the Division 1-A level is an institutional priority
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Prior campaign had one athletic project – Scheumann Stadium
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Looking at the feasibility of a small capital campaign to address
critical deficiencies and bring our facilities up to standards
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Auxiliary Buildings
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Questions?
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