Durland was the first phase of the Durland-Rathbone-Fiedler engineering complex extending over the old football practice field. It houses the Dean’s Office for the College of Engineering and the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Civil Engineering. The engineering complex features solar glass walls that reflect 85 percent of solar heat.
Completed in 1976 at a cost of more than $3 million, Durland was followed by the construction of Rathbone Hall in 1982, Fiedler Hall in 2000 and Engineering Hall in 2015. Durland Hall is named for Dean Merrill A. Durland, a 1918 K-State honors graduate. He taught at K-State for 30 years before becoming dean of the School of Engineering and Architecture and director of the Engineering Experiment Station.