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October 13, 2014

Union renovation architects on campus this week

SamplesWorkshop 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 table discussions, focus group activities, committee meetings and student involvement sessions. Students will have the opportunity to add their input during “Focus Fest” from 11:30am-1pm, Friday, October 17 on Bosco Student 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.

September 8, 2014

Architect selected for Union renovation

Partnering firms of Workshop Architects, Inc. and Bowman Bowman Novick Inc. were selected last week to design the final plans for the K-State Student Union renovation. Following successful fee negotiation, Workshop/Bowman will begin planning phases on campus later this month. 

The firms will be continuing their work at K-State as they were selected last fall to develop a comprehensive architectural building program, conceptual design and phasing and sequencing recommendations. 

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, WI, Workshop team members for the project include Angela van Dyke, project coordinator; Peter van den Kieboom, sr. designer; and Scott Ackatz, project architect. 

Bowman is a local, multi-discipline design firm with offices in Manhattan and Kansas City, Mo. 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.

January 27, 2014

Union renovation update

Open meetingWorkshop Architects, the firm selected to create the K-State Student Union Renovation architectural program, has been working since September to gather information, feedback and ideas from the K-State community, as well as conduct several vision tours of other college unions.

Through focus groups, interviews and surveys, data was collected and will be presented to the Union Renovation Committee on January 30. These findings were used to create the initial renovation floor plans and concepts of the project. 

Goals, design objectives and key strategies have been identified and a few are listed below.

  • Repurpose and reinvigorate the Union to improve the overall economic performance of the building.
  • Enhance student life and strengthen the K-State family.
  • Present a first impression that tells the K-State story.
  • Maximize natural daylight, as well as views into and out of the building.
  • Create center for student involvement.
  • Update conference and event spaces.

The architects will conduct an open meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 30 in the Union’s Big 12 Room for all who are interested.