MUNCIE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Ball State University is expanding the Dr Joe and Alice Rinard orchid greenhouse on the Muncie campus. The university says the project will allow the greenhouse to accommodate more visitors and host more community events.
The expansion comes with a prize of $ 1.8 million, the majority of which is funded by private donations and grants, according to a spokesperson for the university. The project will double the size of the greenhouse‘s 800-square-foot conservatory and add a 1,500-square-foot environmental education center, which will serve as a dedicated multi-purpose community learning space.
“We look forward to welcoming even more visitors in the future and are delighted to increase our contribution to our region,” Cheryl LeBlanc, curator of Rinard Orchid Greenhouse, said in a press release.
The ground was dug earlier this summer and Ball State said the greenhouse will remain open during construction. A specific time frame for completion was not provided.
The Rinard Orchid Greenhouse features the largest collection of collegiate orchid species in the United States with 2,100 orchids. Ball State says the greenhouse currently attracts more than 6,000 visitors a year, including students from area schools, Ball State students, faculty and staff, and members of the community.