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K-State plans for current and future construction

By Joe Atmonavage

At least a dozen major construction projects are under way or in planning stages right now at K-State. Here are some of the biggest (dates provided by the KSU Division of Facilities:

College of Engineering Phase IV


Price: $45 million

Completion date: September or October


As the College of Engineering continues to expand, the 107,000-square-foot expansion will provide more room to enhance the undergraduate experience, Dean Darren Dawson said. The expansion will be done by October, but the college is not scheduling classes there for the fall of 2015. Classes will begin in the Phase IV section in spring 2016.  The phase will connect three existing buildings, Durland, Rathbone and Fiedler. The new space will give students more space for new classrooms, undergraduate laboratories and a new design team studio, Dawson said. The departments of Computing and Information Sciences and Electrical and Computer Engineering will be based here.


Wefald Hall – residence hall/dining center


Price: $76 million

Completion date: Residence hall, fall 2016; Kramer Dining Center, May 2016


The renovation to Kramer Dining Center and the construction of Wefald Hall will be complete by fall 2016. Wefald Hall will be eight stories and have 540 student beds. There will be three communities on each residential floor. A community is 14 double rooms, two single rooms, a study room, a breakout room and bathroom facility. A laundry facility is on the first floor. See more on Kramer Dining Center, Page A3.


Student Union renovation


Price: $25 million

Completion date: Fall 2016


The 120,000-square-foot renovation of the Student Union will be one of the most noticeable construction projects on campus. The project will renovate the Student Government office, Student Organization offices and the bookstore and food services areas on the ground and first floors of the building. A sports pub will be put in and will be connected to the Union Bowling Center by a new staircase.


Purple Masque Theatre

Price: $5.6 million

Completion date: Complete


The Purple Masque Theatre now has a new home. The theater, previously located in East Stadium, is now in West Stadium. The building will still be part of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. The new theater allows programs to “function at a higher technical level to a larger audience,” said John Uthoff, associate professor in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. 


Vanier Football Complex


Price: $65.5 million

Completion date: August 2015


The new Vanier complex will be a big addition for the school’s athletic program. The previous two-story building will now be a four-story complex with double the amount of space. According to the university, the expansion will include an academic learning center along with, strength, conditioning, training and recovery area, locker rooms, a team theater and meeting rooms, new office complex for coaches and improved north-end seating and fan amenities.


Campus Welcome Center


Price: $18 million

Completion date: April 2016


The new Campus Welcome Center is a 37,600 square foot facility located on the east side for Memorial Stadium. The center, which was paid for by private donations, will be a place for admitted students and for students on their way to employment upon graduation.

The Welcome Center will offer employment assistance through Career Employment Services.

It will also be a place for administrative staff as well as alumni and employers from the business community.

Seaton Hall renovation expansion


Price: $75 million

Completion date: June 2017


The renovation part of the project will include the remodeling of all spaces on the three floors of Seaton Hall East and renovating the two floors of Mechanics Hall, one of the oldest structures on campus, according to university documents.

The expansion is a two- or three-story learning and research center with classrooms, studios, galleries, auditorium, digital production facilities, design and build shop and faculty offices, according to the university.

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