Housing and Dining Construction
Kansas State University's Wefald Hall will be the
focus of a modern community in which the campus
living, learning and dining experience is combined
and enhanced through state-of-the-art, student life
focused design. This dynamic, innovative residential
center will embrace the timeless traditions of the
university and serve as a safe, inviting and inclusive
environment that enables students to reach their
full potential as scholars.
Key Points About the Project
540 beds; 129,000 square feet
Primarily two-student standard rooms with multiple single-use bathrooms on each floor
Rooms will be clustered together with dedicated study space in common areas on each floor
Smaller communities with fewer students for each RA to work with
Nearly 60,000 square feet with kitchen, preparation space and dining rooms
Designed to serve a student population of 1,850
Continue focus on from-scratch meals with additional concepts for cooking in front of patrons
Additional retail space and design for dining hour flexibility
More space for multi-purpose use, such as space for programming, student groups, etc., when meals are not being served
Oct. 8, 2013: Architect selected for new facilities
May 17, 2013: University to build new facilities
Treanor Architects’ student life design studio will be the architect of record for the new facility, which will become part of the current Kramer Complex in addition to Goodnow and Marlatt residence halls.
Treanor Architects specializes in designs that support students’ personal, social and academic success. In the past five years, the studio has planned, programmed or designed 45 student life projects totaling more than $1 billion in construction dollars. These projects include student housing on campuses such as Texas A&M University, the College of William & Mary and the University of Missouri.
Treanor has contracted with two specialty consultants to assist with the dining center’s design: Mesher Shing McNutt and Ricca Newmark Design.
Mesher Shing McNutt is an architecture and interior design firm that focuses on foodservice concepts. It has designed several notable dining projects, from the award-winning Turner Place at Virginia Tech to facilities for Starbucks, Microsoft, Amazon, Michigan State, Princeton and UC Berkeley.
Ricca Newmark Design specializes in foodservice programming, planning and kitchen equipment design, and will provide design assistance for the kitchen and foodservice areas. The company has designed state-of-the-art kitchens worldwide, with recently completed projects at Dartmouth College and the University of Wisconsin.
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