K-State to break ground on two new projects

The planned revitalization and expansion of the Seaton Complex will allow Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning & Design to better support its nationally recognized degree programs. (Photo Courtesy of K-State News and Communications)

K-State is getting more than just a simple makeover this year. As summer construction winds down, two new renovation projects begin.

The renovations for the K-State Student Union will begin with a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 2:30 p.m., outside the north entrance.

Speakers at the event include President Kirk Schulz, Pat Bosco, vice president for Student Life and dean of students, Bill Smriga, union executive director and several student leaders. The K-State Marching Band and Willie the Wildcat will both make appearances at the event as well. A reception will follow the presentation. Call Hall ice cream will be provided.

The renovation place for the Union will cost about $25 million and includes new windows, up-to-date retail areas, student study lounges, student activities offices and dining services that include a sports pub and an expanded coffee lounge.

Construction on the Union will begin Sept. 8. The Union will continue to be open to the public throughout renovations with various relocation of different services during the project.

Another groundbreaking ceremony will take place Friday, Sept. 4 in honor of the renovations to Seaton Hall. The celebration will take place at 11 a.m. on the east side of Seaton Hall. Lunch will be provided to attendees following the program.

K-State’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design’s two-phase project will renovate both the east wing of Seaton and the courtyard. The total estimated project cost is $75 million.

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