Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center Certified LEED Gold

Ball State University’s Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center recently achieved LEED Gold Certification. The original goal for the building was LEED Silver, but with a lot of effort from Ball State, CSO’s design team, and the Messer/Powers construction team, the building was able to achieve Gold.

The Dr. Don Shondell Practice Center officially opened July 20, 2018. The practice center is connected to Worthen Arena and features two regulation-size courts, eight retractable basketball goals, and a 25-foot tall ceiling. The courts are designed to be used for either basketball or volleyball. Other spaces in the building include a training room, two team meeting rooms, and a video room with tiered seating. The facility’s brick veneer exterior matches Worthen Arena in both shape and color. Translucent window panels provide diffused natural light without causing a glare.

The facility honors Dr. Don Shondell, a 1952 Ball State alumnus, who has established an  unmatched legacy as a men’s volleyball player and coach. Shondell founded Ball State’s men’s volleyball team and played a key role in making men’s volleyball a varsity sport at Ball State. As head coach, he achieved the second highest number of wins in NCAA men’s volleyball history. The Hall of Fame Coach holds the record for most career wins by a Ball State coach in any sport.