K-State gets the OK on new residence hall

By The Mercury

K-State received approval this week on plans to build a new residence hall ­£ the first built there in almost half a century.

The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a plan for a new 450-bed, 129,036-square-foot residence hall in the Kramer Complex on Claflin Road. It will be west of Denison Avenue and east of Kramer Dining Center, according to information released Thursday from K-State.

A new 57,996-square-foot dining center will connect the new residence hall and Marlatt and Goodnow halls.

The cost of the project is estimated at $70 million.

Current capacity for on-campus housing is 5,469 students, but demand is expected to grow by more than 1,000 students by 2025, according to university estimates.

“K-State has a long tradition of providing our students one of the best residential experiences in the country,” said Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students. “This new residence hall, the renovation of Goodnow and Marlatt, and a new dining center ensures that K-State will continue to put students first for a very long time.”

The university has seen several major housing projects and renovations in recent years, most notably the redevelopment of Jardine Apartments. But the last residence hall complex built at the university was the Derby Complex (which includes, constructed between 1962 and 1967.

After construction of the two new facilities, Kramer Dining Center will house a steam and chilled water generator, and Goodnow and Marlatt halls will be renovated. These renovations include heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements and accessibility upgrades to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The roof of Goodnow will be replaced as well.

Construction will be phased to minimize the impact on students. Kramer Dining Center will not close until the new dining center is completed, and the university will not lose any student housing during the process.

Funding for the project comes from housing fees and revenue bonds.

Housing and dining services receives no money from the state, city or university.

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