The Kansas Board of Regents gave Kansas State University the go-ahead to begin renovations on Derby Dining Center.
The university plans to spend $16 million on the project. It will borrow $15 million and use $1 million of Housing and Dining Services revenue.
The dining center was finished in 1966, and it is the largest dining facility at K-State. The center serves more than 2,000 students per day and 550 on weekends. The center is also used for central support for housing and dining for summer camps held on the Manhattan campus, like Boys State.
The project calls for new dining venues, expanded student services and a new layout of the building so students can see all meal options available.
The renovation will also include upgrades to mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. New sprinklers, alarm systems and entry and exit points in the building will also be added to the building.
K-State President Richard Myers said the kitchens will remain the same and Derby will remain open during the renovation. Most construction will be coordinated with semester and summer breaks.
K-State also received permission to begin renovations on Mosier Hall on campus, which is currently used by veterinary medicine students. The university will begin an $8 million renovation of the building to improve facilities and technology updates in two of three phases. Myers said $5 million will come from the veterinary medicine outreach fund, while the other $3 million will come from potential corporate donors.
A planned McCain Auditorium update also will move forward. The $6 million privately funded plan will renovate and expand the lobby. The restrooms will also be upgraded, in addition to a new box office, technical director’s suite, donor lounge and new administrative offices.