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K-State Today

June 6, 2011



Start of something new: Lovers Lane turning one way to accommodate Justin Hall construction

By Julie Fosberg

Work on the 13,180-square-foot addition to Kansas State University's Justin Hall will start today and require making Lovers Lane a one-way street and temporarily closing the hall's main south entrance.

Mark George, project manager for K-State facilities planning, said Lovers Lane will be open to eastbound traffic only by the middle or end of next week. Appropriate signage will be put up before the change is made, which is needed to accommodate construction areas on the north and south sides of the street.

The main central entrance on the south side of Justin Hall will be closed during the one-year construction project, but the entrance at the southeast corner of Hoffman Lounge will remain open. Building users are encouraged to use the northwest and northeast entrances to the building.

The general contractor for the project is Hutton Construction, Wichita.

The privately funded addition to the home of K-State's College of Human Ecology will cost about $5 million. The building will be a model for sustainable design and will seek LEED -- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design -- new construction silver certification.

The addition will house space for student services, student collaborative workspace, administrative offices and two state-of-the-art classrooms that will accommodate approximately 100 students each.