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K-State Today

October 13, 2014



K-State Student Union renovation architects on campus this week

By Maggie Stephens

Workshop Architects Inc. and Bowman Bowman Novick Inc., partnering firms selected in September to design the final plans for the K-State Student Union renovation, will begin planning phases on campus Oct. 15-17.

The firms will host round tables, focus groups, committee meetings and student involvement sessions. Students will have the opportunity to add their input during Focus Fest from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, on Bosco Plaza.

The full program report detailing the architects’ comprehensive architectural building program, conceptual design and phasing and sequencing recommendations from last year can be found online.

Workshop, led by Jan van den Kieboom, focuses on creating environments for social interaction for colleges and universities. Kieboom has led planning and design projects for more than 25 colleges and universities nationwide, including the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, Oklahoma State University and Northwestern University.

Based out of Milwaukee, workshop team members for the project include Angela van Dyke, project coordinator; Peter van den Kieboom, senior designer; and Scott Ackatz, project architect.

Bowman is a local, multidiscipline design firm with offices in Manhattan and Kansas City, Missouri. The four principals directing the firm are Brent Bowman, Lorie Doolittle-Bowman, Paul Novick and Patrick Schaub. Their portfolio includes Hale Library, academic buildings, visitor and interpretive centers, religious buildings, residences, office buildings, recreational and athletic facilities, and downtown redevelopment.

K-State students approved the $25 million project in spring 2013 and construction could begin as early as next summer. For additional information, contact Bill Smriga, Union director, at smriga@k-state.edu or 785-532-6591.