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Engineering Phase IV Addition

Key Project Information:

Executive Summary

The Kansas State University College of Engineering Phase IV Expansion project is located on the southwest edge of the KSU campus at the corner of College Heights and Denison across from historic Ahearn Fieldhouse. The new facility will connect three existing buildings, Durland, Rathbone, and Fiedler, to form an completed engineering complex that will seek to enhance the engineering educational experience for all current and prospective students.  The project includes the renovation of the main east entry to strengthen the identity of this main entrance and connectivity to a new multi-story atrium.  The College of Engineering complex is in a heavy trafficked, highly visible site on the west edge of the historic core campus.

Sitting on what was once the practice football field, the complex will become a gateway from residential areas to the west and the historic core of campus.  Phase IV will create approximately 107,000-square feet of additional instructional, research and office space in the core of the university’s engineering campus.  The project will consolidate functions currently dispersed over multiple locations, creating a flexible environment to inspire and support interdisciplinary learning and collaboration.  The building program includes: classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, an auditorium; faculty and administrative offices; and student gathering areas. It will also house the departments of Computing and Information Sciences and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

 Project Goals

• Enhance the educational and teaching experience for College of Engineering students, faculty and staff.
• Provide a front door to the College of Engineering complex to showcase the world class teaching and research within.
• “Inspirational Gateway”, high visibility, attracting donors, drawing expertise and community together.
• Encourage collaboration, discovery, and innovation in a flexible and dynamic facility.
• Facilities should be adaptable for specialized research & equipment, hands-on teaching activities and future technology.
• Promote communication and interaction, both formal and informal, between faculty, staff, students and visitors.
• Attract prospective students and faculty by providing cutting edge facilities to complement existing resources and passion.
• Design an environmentally sustainable building that promotes and showcases environmental stewardship.

Key Dates

Start Construction: April 2014
Construction Completion: November 2015
Classes begin Spring 2016

Contact Info: 

Mark George
Project Manager
Facilities Department of Planning and Project Management