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Theme 6: Facilities and Infrastructure


Provide facilities and infrastructure that meet our evolving needs at a competitive-level with benchmark institutions and are an asset to recruit and retain quality students, faculty, researchers and staff.

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Activities and Accomplishments

  • The Manhattan and Salina campus master plans were updated with broad stakeholder involvement, charting the path for growth and renewal.

  • The university invested $588.2M in renovation and new construction of academic facilities since FY12, excluding the Hale Library reconstruction. Much of this investment was made possible by record-breaking philanthropic giving. Major projects included:
    • Classes began meeting in the new wing of the Engineering Complex in spring 2015 and the College of Business relocated to a new state-of-the-art facility in 2016.

    • The Seaton Complex revitalization was completed and today Seaton and Regnier halls, home to the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, combine history and modern space for students.

    • The Morris Family Multicultural Student Center, one of only two stand-alone multicultural centers in the Big 12, was completed in 2020 and is the home for 40 multicultural student organizations and a hub for intercultural learning and collaborative initiatives.

    • The Berney Family Welcome Center opened as the front door to the Manhattan campus, making innovative use of the iconic East Memorial Stadium.

    • The Purple Masque Theatre moved into the renovated West Stadium, providing a student-centered experimental theater and learning environment, and the McCain lobby was expanded, providing a more welcoming, functional space for patrons of the arts.

    • Wefald Hall, our first new residence hall since 1967, and the renovation of Kramer Dining Center were completed in fall 2016, followed by renovation of the Derby Dining Center and the expansion and renovation of the K-State Student Union.

    • Additional projects include the O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center, the Equine Performance Center, the Mosier Hall Research Center, the Southeast Research and Extension Center, and renovations in Justin and ICE halls.

    • K-State Salina completed the first phase of its campus master plan, including renovations to the Welcome Center and expanded Student Life Center.

  • Following a devastating fire in May 2018, a reimagined Hale Library is once again at the heart of the Manhattan campus, including the new Dave & Ellie Everitt Learning Commons, the Sunderland Foundation Innovation Lab and Butler Digitization Lab.

  • Space vacated as a result of new construction was strategically reallocated through K-State’s first-ever space migration planning process.

  • With completion of energy conservation projects such as the new Chiller Plant, energy consumption was significantly reduced while expanding the Manhattan campus footprint and resulting in significant utility cost savings.

  • The university and Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency launched a fixed-loop bus route to serve students, faculty and staff.

  • Technology infrastructure improvements included migrating over 80% of our data center to the cloud as part of our Cloud First initiative, replacing our central email and calendaring system with Office 365, converting our learning management system to Canvas, and completing technology upgrades to more 450 classrooms and other spaces to support the pivot to online and hybrid learning and remote work in response to COVID-19.

Leading the Way

The May 22, 2018, accidental fire at Hale Library was heartbreaking for the university community. But, in true K-State fashion, what has emerged from the soggy, smoke-damaged building is a re-envisioned, functional and innovative library to serve future generations.

Following three years of extensive recovery, restoration and renovation efforts, the last book returned to its shelf in Hale Library and all floors were open to the public in August 2021. The heart of campus is full again. 

The new vision of Hale includes a multitude of study spaces, lecture rooms, collaboration rooms, meditation space and comfortable seating throughout. Quiet study floors remain a key component of the space. The library and IT help desks are also co-located in Hale. New technology is available throughout the library, including state-of-the-art technology available for projects and to check-out in the new Sunderland Foundation Innovation Lab. 

Historic Farrell Library is the picture of grandeur again with a new reading room, the Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies and the beloved Great Room with restored murals.

It is great to be home sweet Hale.