FortWayne.com
 
  Text size  Increase text sizeDecrease text size      
Last updated: Sun. Dec. 09, 2012 - 08:15 am EDT

Costs delay Ball State's plans to build greenhouse for orchid collection

DISCUSS
Comments
 

MUNCIE — Ball State University has tabled efforts to build a greenhouse to house a well-known orchid collection after bids for the project came in higher than anticipated.

The Dr. Joe R. and Alice Pursley Rinard Greenhouse had been scheduled to start in September, followed by a grand opening in the spring of 2013. But construction bids exceeded the $770,000 budget, and the university has decided not to accept any of them.

The Wheeler Orchid Collection and Species Bank is reportedly the largest of all universities in the country. It is designed to conserve rare and endangered species of orchids, disseminate them for preservation and use them for research and education.

It's also a tourist attraction, but the existing facility lacks restrooms, a separate display area and other amenities.


Comments
 
Friday
Friday
High 82 °F
Low 61 °F
74 °F
Mostly Cloudy
Sponsored by Masters Heating & Cooling, Inc.
LOCAL BUSINESS SEARCH
Local Search
FeaturedMore
Things To Do

STOCK SUMMARY
Dow 16493.37-69.93
Nasdaq 4352.64-17.13
S&P 500 1925.15-5.52
AEP 52.31+0.32
Comcast 53.39-0.34
GE 25.35+0.20
ITT Exelis 17.29+0.45
LNC 51.15-1.24
Navistar 34.25-0.92
Raytheon 91.79+1.02
SDI 20.92-0.29
Verizon 49.83-0.59
  Stock Sponsor