McKinley Avenue, Ball State University

A bustling boulevard that has become the central spine through Ball State University campus. We developed a new streetscape experience with increased safety for its pedestrian and vehicular traffic.


Ball State University

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Muncie, IN




Master Planning, Landscape Architecture

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McKinley Avenue is the primary north-south arterial street through Ball State University, a campus of more than 20,000 students. We focused the new streetscape experience on transforming this high-volume roadway into an integral part of campus that would accommodate heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic safely and efficiently.

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Shafer Tower is McKinley Avenue's centerpiece, which we designed as any earlier phase. The streetscape has landscaped medians surrounded by granite curbing, punctuated at each end by limestone planters and bollards.  The median slows vehicular traffic, defines  pedestrian crossing locations, and adds beauty to the heart of campus. Brick paving highlights the crosswalks, sidewalks, and bus turn-outs, further enhancing the qualities of the streetscape.

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