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Facility Expansion

When the Phase IV expansion opens in the Fall of 2015, it will be a first-class facility that will impact the daily experience of more than 3,500 students and 300 faculty and staff who proudly represent Kansas State University College of Engineering. The Engineering complex will enhance the engineering educational experience for all current and prospective students.
Phase IV will create approximately 108,000-square feet of instructional, research and office space in the heart 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 new facility will be constructed at the corner of College Heights and Denison across from historic Ahearn Fieldhouse. 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. The front doors of Rathbone Hall will now open to a reception center, 250 seat, state-of-the-art auditorium and a conference room to meet the needs of students, faculty and alumni.

Status Update & Projected Timeline

Primary accomplishments to date:
  • Over the last 18 months, an initial vision for the Phase IV Plan was developed for internal planning purposes and constituent input.
  • The proper campus and regent approval process was followed and the project has appropriate authorization.
  • The project architects and construction managers were selected in April through an open selection process.
  • The conceptual design and schematic design is in process and will be followed with design development and construction documents.
  • A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday, October 25 prior to formal construction.
  • The capital campaign to help fund the project through construction contributions has great momentum as we invest in the future of Engineering at K-State.

Key next steps:

  • Efforts will continue to secure leadership philanthropy until much of the project costs are covered through private gifts.
  • Design development and construction documents will continue led by the architects and construction managers.
  • Construction activity has begun.  View live progress from the video feed here
  • Initial target for substantial completion by 2015 academic year!
Now is the time to invest in the future of K-State Engineering! To secure space, please contact the College of Engineering Development team today.

"Higher education is a team sport. Our new building will fuel collaboration among students, faculty and industry and help to define and differentiate KSU engineering."

— Sue Barsamian ’81, EE

Project Summary

Square footage: 108,000 sq. ft. of the new building and renovation of the front entrance of Rathbone Hall.

Estimated project cost: $45 mil (including construction costs, FF&E, all associated fees and contingencies)

While the Phase IV expansion is working to be completely privately funded, the timeline of the project will be accelerated though the issuance of up to $20 million in bonds to be serviced through the University Engineering Initiative Act and construction contributions.

The contracted Architects are Perkins+Will.  They teamed with MOMENTA and Affiliated Engineers Inc (AEI)

The Construction Managers are McCownGordon

  • Under the guidelines of the Kansas alternative project delivery building construction procurement act K.S.A. 75-37,141, "construction manager at risk" process has been selected and approved as the delivery method for the Phase IV expansion.