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K-State completes $5 million expansion

By The Mercury

When Virginia Moxley became dean of Kansas State University’s College of Human Ecology in 2006, one of her first decisions was to enlarge Justin Hall to accommodate the growing teaching and research mission of the college.

Now she has reached that goal with the completion of a $5 million addition, which includes two high-tech classrooms, three conference rooms, a student gathering space, administrative office and a new student service center.

“The Justin Hall addition is a tribute to the generosity of alumni and friends who made this possible,” Moxley said of project, which was dedicated in a ceremony on Friday.

In 1959, when Kansas State College became Kansas State University, the School of Home Economics moved into Justin Hall, a new 102,004-square-foot, $2.15 million advanced building named for Dean Margaret Justin.

The school is now the College of Human Ecology. The Justin Hall expansion helps accommodate a student enrollment that has more than quadrupled since 1960, along with the college’s nearly 100 faculty and staff members and its deepening research with funding at more than $20 million a year.

“Expansion had been in the conversation for at least 10 years,” Moxley said. “When Justin Hall was dedicated in 1960, the School of Home Economics had nearly 600 students. Today we have about 2,500 students.”

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the expansion were Oct. 8, 2010.

The building and landscaping were finished in August 2012, with students using the new classrooms and study areas for the first time on Aug. 20, the first day of the fall 2012 semester.

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