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K-State Today

January 12, 2015



Interdisciplinary team completes preservation-based undergraduate research project

By Mary Rankin

An interdisciplinary group of 11 Kansas State University students — working as a team with faculty advisers, members of the Nemaha County Historical Society and a representative from the Kansas Preservation Alliance — recently completed a unique undergraduate research project investigating the Nemaha County Temple of Honor in Seneca.

The group produced preliminary drawings and narratives of proposed preservation improvements for the historic structure, along with recommended priorities and cost information. The information will be used to provide technical background for current and future grant requests by the Nemaha County Historical Society, as well as for the undertaking of future design and construction efforts.

Participating students included Daniel Weisenberger, coordinator, John Gaito, Caroline Kabus and Breanna Robertson, all architectural engineering; Greg Anderson, Ross Henry, Ismael Hernandez and Robert Lee, construction science; Jan Simkhada, architecture; Richard Prudenti, landscape architecture; and Sarah Jackson, interior design.

The team was assembled and coordinated by Ray Yunk, department head of architectural engineering and construction science. Faculty advisers were Chris Ahern, Ray Buyle, Fred Hasler and Russ Murdock, architectural engineering and construction science; Todd Gabbard, architecture; Lee Skabelund, landscape architecture; and Barbara Anderson, interior design.