Theme 6: Facilities and Infrastructure
Provide facilities and infrastructure that meet our evolving needs at a competitive level with our benchmark institutions and are an asset to recruit and retain quality students, faculty, researchers, and staff.
Activities and Accomplishments in 2011-2016
- The university invested $339.9 million in academic facilities since FY12 with $96.3 million planned for FY17. Much of this investment was made possible by record-breaking philanthropic giving.
- The Manhattan and Salina campus master plans were completed with broad stakeholder involvement, charting the path for future growth and renewal. The North Campus Master plan was completed in a collaborative planning effort with the City of Manhattan.
- The College of Human Ecology opened its Justin Hall addition and acquired laboratory, office and classroom space in the new Mary and Carl Ice Hall.
- The Purple Masque Theatre moved into the renovated West Stadium, providing a student-centered experimental theater and learning environment.
- Classes began meeting in the new wing of the engineering complex in spring 2015 and in fall 2016 in the new College of Business Administration building.
- The O.H Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center, Equine Performance Center, Mosier Hall Research Center, and the Southeast Research and Extension Center were completed.
- Construction of the Berney Family Welcome Center in the renovated East Memorial Stadium and Wefald Hall and Kramer Dining Center was completed in time for the fall 2016 semester. K-State's Polytechnic campus in Salina completed renovations on a new Wecome Center and expanded Student Life Center.
- The Seaton Complex revitalization is underway for the College of Architecture, Planning and Design, given a boost by the college’s Student Advisory Council vote to increase student fees for four years to raise additional funds for the project.
- Construction began to expand and renovate the K-State Student Union and to build a new Chilled Water Plant as a major infrastructure improvement.
- Space vacated as a result of new construction is being strategically reallocated through K-State's first-ever open, transparent space migration planning process.
- University space was enhanced through renovations to six academic buildings, three residence centers, health and recreation centers and on the Salina campus. The Manhattan campus’s largest general classroom lecture hall was reconfigured to a high-tech classroom.
- The university and Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency launched a fixed-loop bus route to serve students, faculty and staff.
- The Division of Facilities reorganized under new leadership and implemented a new customer service center and web-based facilities management system.
- K-State Libraries' new cloud-based library access system, Search It, provided users with enhanced search tools and features and the K-State Libraries annex was opened in Manhattan.
- Technology infrastructure improvements were made, including migrating our main university data center to a modern converged architecture, replacing our central email and calendaring system with Microsoft Office 365, and converting K-State Online to Canvas to provide a more robust online learning environment.