Regents improve facility upgrades

By Dylan Lysen

The Kansas Board of Regents approved three K-State construction and improvement requests on Wednesday. K-State will raze a barn and a horticulture building at a property known as Ashland Bottoms in southwest Manhattan.

The university estimates the 1,500-squarefoot barn was built in the early to mid-1900s and needs extensive maintenance. Portions of the building are “badly deteriorated” and sections of the metal roof are loose or missing, officials said. The university believes the barn is no longer cost effective to maintain and is no longer utilized. The 7,500-square-foot horticulture building also needs extensive maintenance and the roof is deteriorating and collapsing into the building.

After razing the facilities, the sites will be seeded to grass and used to park farm machinery. The cost of razing the barn is estimated at $7,500 and the horticulture building is about $30,000, both to be paid through Department of Agronomy funds. Secondly, K-State will build a kitchen lab in Justin Hall for the university’s hospitality management program. The kitchen will also be used as a
prep kitchen for catering to campus events and will sell soups and sandwiches during lunch periods.

To build the kitchen, K-State will demolish walls in Justin Hall between rooms 110, 118 and 118A to create a single large room. New electrical, plumbing, safety measures and several kitchen appliances will be installed.

The estimated total project cost is $950,000 to be funded from College of Human Ecology funds.

Lastly, K-State will renovate Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall. Renovations include new wall and wood floor finishes, new seating, accessibility upgrades to add seating and access to the theatre and stage.

The renovation will also include the installation of a new sound system and an additional electrical supply.

The estimated total project cost is $842,000 which will be funded through private gifts to the College of Arts and Sciences.

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