Bowman Bowman Novich Inc. chosen as architects for upcoming student Union Renovation


Bowman Bowman Novich Inc. was selected Thursday as the primary architecture firm to complete the coming K-State Student Union renovation, pending fee negotiations.

The decision was made after five architecture teams presented in the Union to a panel that included Union executive director Bill Smriga. The voting panel also included Barbara Schilling, special projects architect for the Kansas Department of Administration.

“They’ve proven themselves to the students and they listen,” Schilling said. “They involve the students and they follow through.”

All five presentations were open to the public, as was the meeting in which the decision to pick Bowman Bowman Novich Inc occurred. Attendees were given the option to fill out surveys about each architect, as well as leave comments on the presentations, which were later reviewed by the voting board.

Only one obstacle remains before the architecture firm can begin work. They must reach an agreement for fees associated with the project. If they do not, one of the other firms could be chosen. Schilling said the process of getting contracts signed will start immediately, and could take until later in September.

“By the end of the month, we hope to have contracts signed with our chosen firm,” Schilling said.

Shelton grew up in the desert southwest. A native of Lancaster, California, he mostly grew up in south Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colorado before moving to Kansas and graduating from Junction City High School. He started working as a news writer for the Collegian in 2009 before taking a three-year break from college. He returned to K-State in 2013 and has since worked for the news desk, feature desk, as a copy editor and now as a sports writer. He enjoys tap dancing, writing anything possible, reading court opinions and watching Arizona Coyotes hockey.