Local firm picked for KSU union project

By Bryan Richardson

The team of Workshop Architects of Milwaukee and Bowman Bowman Novick Incorporated of Manhattan has been selected to develop a plan for the K-State Student Union renovation.

They were the selection from among five architecture firms invited by the K-State Student Union Renovation Committee to give presentations on campus Tuesday.

The plan will involve a comprehensive architectural building program, conceptual design and phasing and sequencing recommendations for the renovation and expansion of the Union. Assuming a fee agreement is reached, Workshop and Bowman will begin their work on campus later this month.

Union director Bill Smriga said Workshop, the primary contractor, gave an “extremely thorough” presentation with large photos, a Powerpoint slideshow and 3D models of the union to illustrate its message. “All five architects had something positive to present,” he said. “At the end, Workshop Architects gave the most enthusiastic presentation.”

Smriga, along with student body president Eli Schooley and director of campus planning Abe Fattaey, made the final choice.

Smriga said he appreciated the ideas they presented on what could be done with the union. “They carried the presentation farther than the other architects did as far as ideas,” he said.

Workshop is led by Jan van den Kieboom, who has led planning and design projects for more than 25 colleges and universities nationwide including the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, Oklahoma State University and Northwestern University.

Programming and design team members for Workshop include Angela van Dyke, project coordinator, Peter van den Kieboom, senior designer, and Scott Ackatz, project architect.

The four principals directing Bowman are Brent Bowman, Lorie Doolittle-Bowman, Paul Novick and Patrick Schaub.

Their portfolio includes previous works at K-State such as the Hale Library expansion, the KSU Institute for Commercialization and the recently completed Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house.

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