Hard hats and construction equipment are a big part of the campus scene this summer at Kansas State University.
At least 10 construction projects, valued at more than $184 million, are in various stages of progress on the Manhattan campus. In addition, at least seven other smaller repair and rehabilitation projects have been recently completed or are nearing completion, the university said.
Among the major projects underway:
▪ College of Business Administration building. The $55 million building is expected to open in late July. The 155,000-square-foot facility will feature a large lecture hall, computer labs, a financial research lab, and tiered classrooms. The university said that $40 million for the project came from private donations.
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▪ Jon Wefald Hall. Construction of this residence hall is expected to be completed by the start of the fall semester. The $80 million project, named after the school’s 12th president, is part of the Kramer residence hall complex.
Wefald Hall has eight floors for more than 540 students.
In addition, new elevators and connecting bridges from the Marlatt and Goodnow residence halls to the Kramer Dining Center’s new addition are expected to be completed in September. The university said renovation to the existing part of the second floor of the dining center will begin in September.
▪ West Residence Hall. Work is expected to be completed by the fall semester on renovations to the bathrooms, and upgrades to fire sprinklers and fire alarms. The total cost of this project was not disclosed.
▪ Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Phase three of this upgrade, which centers on the northeast corner of the football stadium, is expected to be completed by the start of school. It will include additional seating, a showcase stage for the university’s marching band, the visiting team locker room, officials locker room, a videoboard, and a 360-degree concourse to fully enclose the stadium.
The $15.2 million project was privately funded.
▪ Student Union. The university said the $31 million renovation of the student union is on schedule for a grand opening in spring 2017. The project was funded by a $20 per semester increase in a student-approved fee.
The project includes updating the southern appearance of the building, renovating the retail areas, adding several student lounges, consolidating the student activities offices, and enhancing dining services with a sports pub and coffee house.
Many areas of the union remain open.
The latest wave of campus construction follows the completion of a College of Engineering project in January, and the new Berney Family Welcome Center in May.