Ball State University, Ronald and Joan Venderly Football Center

Muncie, Indiana

For the new Ronald and Joan Venderly Football Center at Ball State University, the design focused on overall recruitment. As they say, you only have one chance to make a first impression, so the face of the facility had to be impressive and reflect the seriousness and commitment of the institution to its program.
From the start, the goal of the design was to create a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMVector Consulting Inc., CE Solutions Inc., EMH&TCAPACITY201COST PER SQ FT$257.00FEATURED IN2017 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities factor to catch the attention of potential recruits. The architectural façade needed to be eye-catching, and the interior of the building needed to be equally impressive. The exterior façade was designed to mimic the existing colonnade of the stadium, giving the structure a feel of competitive athletics.
The new structure also needed to complement the entry façade of the existing training center. The view from the plaza into the upper level was planned to include an oversized electronic mesh video screen that could highlight the history and successes of the team and even perhaps show live action from within the stadium.