Ball State University, DeHority Complex

Muncie, Indiana

  • FIRM

    Schmidt Associates


    Ball State University

  • AREA

    131,072 sq.ft.





The objectives of the Ball State University’s DeHority Complex renovation were to transform residential life, building aesthetic/character and building systems.

The solution incorporated the five tenants of the 21st-Century Project: sustainability, flexibility, community, technology ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMSolomon Cordwell Buenz; Rundell Ernstberger AssociatesCAPACITY550COST PER SQ FT$164.00CITATIONRenovation/Modernization CitationFEATURED IN2010 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation innovation.

In response to the fragmented sense of community, multiple levels of community (rooms, floors, wings, multi-level lounges, building) were incorporated through organizational concepts. The design enhances the residents’ interaction opportunities within the complex and with other residence halls in the emerging campus "village."

New gable roof forms reinforce the campus’ residential aesthetic and create much-needed mechanical space.

A full systems replacement—including new air conditioning and sprinkler systems—was installed within a tight floor-to-floor height of 8 feet, 8 inches. This was accomplished through a vertical distribution of the primary systems from the new attic mechanical space.

The project is the first building on campus to be awarded LEED silver certification.

The old 1950s dormitory is now a fresh, energy-efficient, contemporary residential facility that evokes the vibrancy of today’s and tomorrow’s students.

"Impressive adaptive reuse—both interior and exterior."--2010 jury