University to build residence hall and dining centerK-State
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|The demand for on-campus
housing is expected to grow to 6,632 students by 2025,
according to university projections, but current capacity is
for 5,469 residents. (Photo: K-State Alumni
Kansas State University is
increasing its popular on-campus housing options with a $70 million
The Kansas Board of Regents approved the university's plan to
construct a residence hall and dining center on the west side of campus that
will open fall 2015. In addition, the university plans to repurpose a dining
center and renovate two residence halls by fall 2016.
The university is
preparing for future enrollment growth, and the project will better serve the
academic needs of students by enhancing the on-campus living environment. The
additions are the most significant residence hall upgrades in more than 45 years
and will advance K-State 2025, the university's strategic plan.
vital improvements demonstrate the university's commitment toward our students
and will further enhance the undergraduate experience at K-State as we become a
Top 50 public university by 2025," said President Kirk Schulz.
450-bed, 129,036-square-foot residence hall in the Kramer Complex on Claflin
Road will be west of Denison Avenue and east of Kramer Dining Center. A new
57,996-square-foot dining center connecting to the new residence hall and
Marlatt and Goodnow halls will serve 1,850 students.
The new residence
hall will become a hub for student life and will feature academic spaces to
encourage collaboration, said Derek Jackson, director of K-State's Housing and
"We envision opportunities for tutoring, study sessions
and academic involvement for our students," Jackson said. "We better understand
now that learning does not just happen in the classroom environment, and our new
residence hall will integrate space within student living to further engage
The demand for on-campus housing is expected to grow
to 6,632 students by 2025, according to university projections, but current
capacity is for 5,469 residents.
"K-State has a long tradition of
providing our students one of the best residential experiences in the country,"
said Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students. "This new
residence hall, the renovation of Goodnow and Marlatt, and a new dining center
ensures that K-State will continue to put students first for a very long
After construction of the two new facilities, Kramer Dining Center
will house a steam and chilled water generator, and Goodnow and Marlatt halls
will be renovated. These renovations include heating, ventilation and
air-conditioning improvements and accessibility upgrades to meet the Americans
with Disabilities Act. The roof of Goodnow will be replaced as well.
Construction will be phased to minimize the impact on students. Kramer Dining
Center will not close until the new dining center is completed, and the
university will not lose any student housing during the process.
for the project comes from housing fees and revenue bonds. Housing and dining
services receives no money from the state, city or university.
university has been planning the project for several years and has worked with
Ayers Saint Gross, which is updating the university's campus master plan; Ricca
Newmark Design; Envision Strategies; and MGT of America Inc. The project has
included surveys, studies, discussions and focus groups involving students,
faculty and staff.
The university has undergone several recent housing
additions. Housing and dining services continues to redevelop the Jardine
Apartments community, and it opened the Living Community at Claflin west of
campus in 2012. In 2010, the university partnered with a local hotel and area
apartment complexes to provide temporary overflow housing.
residence hall complex built at the university was the Derby Complex,
constructed between 1962 and 1967, and includes Ford, Haymaker, Moore and West
Other projects underway to better serve students at the university
include an addition to the College of Engineering complex, a new welcome center
at Memorial Stadium and a renovation of the K-State Student Union.