Campus construction goes on at many levels

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Hannah Hunsinger | Collegian A construction worker welds a steel beam on Tuesday evening as part of the ongoing multimillion-dollar Bill Snyder Family Stadium renovation, which is partially funded by private donations and bonds.

The Campus Planning and Facilities Department, located in Dykstra
Hall, is where all campus construction projects and renovations get their start, according to 
Abe Fattaey, director for campus planning and facility management.

Fattaey said there are roughly 230 projects of different levels of renovation and construction taking place around campus. He added that projects costing
more than $750,000 are considered “capital improvements.”

Some of these capital improvement projects include Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Bramlage Coliseum and Jardine
Apartments. The funding for these projects comes
from various sources, including private donations, athletic revenue bonds and housing
revenue bonds, as well as other revenue bonds. 

The major projects are contracted out to private contractors, but campus facility
workers have some input on the projects in terms of what materials are used. 

“We
have specific things we like to see in buildings, such as flush valves, toilets
and things like that,” said Ed Heptig, director of facility maintenance. 

Heptig said the department provides this input to contractors because it is easier to maintain one type of valve instead of a variety. Outside
contractors also consult the maintenance department for information on utilities, he said.

“They
will come to us about where power is coming from and what is feeding what,” Heptig said. 

The Division of Facilities takes care of in-house work like
remolding rooms and fixing general maintenance issues. 

“If you have a room that
needs remolded, painting and fixing carpet, we will do that,” Heptig said. 

If the work goes beyond general maintenance, however, it is contracted out through Campus Planning and Facilities Management. All the work currently being done
is either to improve existing structures or to ensure that facilities are up-to-date for students. 

Samuel Aistrup, senior in political science, said these renovations improve more than just classrooms.

“They make learning more achievable with these improvements with
classrooms and other buildings, and they are more eye-appealing,” Aistrup said. 

Students can go to Campus
Planning and Facilities Management if they have a question about a certain
project that’s going on or just have general questions.

“Students are welcome
to email us or stop by with any questions they may have,” Fattaey said. 

All information
for renovations and construction can be obtained at 202 Dykstra Hall, by
calling 785-532-6377 or by emailing abepeaia@k-state.edu.

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