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Opening of Engineering Hall to be marked by ribbon-cutting ceremony

Monday, March 21, 2016

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A view of Kansas State University's new Engineering Hall from its west side. | Download this photo.
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The Carl and Mary Ice Reception Center in Kansas State University's new Engineering Hall. | Download this photo.  


MANHATTAN — The College of Engineering at Kansas State University will officially mark the opening of Engineering Hall with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday, April 1.

The event will take place at the southeast outdoor plaza area of the Engineering Complex at 17th Street and College Heights Road in Manhattan, with a reception and self-guided tours to follow. The public is invited to attend.

"As the largest engineering program in the state, we could not be more proud to officially open Engineering Hall, where we will educate the next generation of engineers," said Darren Dawson, dean of the College of Engineering. "We hope many will attend the ceremonies and stay after to tour this new state-of-the art facility."

Engineering Hall has created approximately 108,000 square feet of instructional, research and office space in support of interdisciplinary learning and collaboration in the college. It houses the computing and information sciences, and electrical and computer engineering.

"I was lucky enough to see the plans for Engineering Hall early on at the Dean's Advisory Council meetings," said Steve Kirchhoff, a 1979 graduate who works as vice president for ExxonMobil and made a gift to support the engineering expansion. "I was impressed with how the modern, open design and collaborative space would add to the K-State engineering experience."

The front doors of Rathbone Hall now open to the Carl and Mary Ice Reception Center, a 250-seat auditorium, and a conference room to meet the needs of students, faculty and alumni. A highlight of the ground-floor level is the Alan and Jan Levin Student Design Team Suite, a designated space for student competition teams to create engineering designs while developing practical skills in leadership and collaboration.

Parking will be available in the K-State Parking Garage, 17th Street and Anderson Avenue. The cost is $1.50 an hour. For additional information, contact Danielle Cerbe at engineering@found.ksu.edu or 785-532-7609.

Written by

Mary Rankin

At a glance

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday, April 1, will mark the official opening of Engineering Hall, the 108,000-square-foot addition to the engineering complex at Kansas State University.