As the premier venue for large-scale entertainment and athletics in western Indiana, Indiana State University’s Hulman Center has played host to concerts, university functions and Sycamore Basketball since its opening in the early 1970s.
In an effort to enhance the fan experience and capture additional revenue by attracting larger trade shows, conventions, and special events, ISU commissioned RATIO and HOK to design this 80,000 sq. ft. renovation and 65,000 sq. ft. conference center addition.
The multipurpose conference center is designed to accommodate a wide range of events, including 1250-seat formal dinners, exposition displays, regional executive conferences, community and university speaking events, local sports competitions, and weddings and receptions.
This notion of flexibility carries over into the redesign of both the arena itself and the surrounding streetscape, as RATIO was challenged to create a newfound sense of school pride for ISU athletics while also positioning this venue as a catalyst for future downtown development.