Housing and Dining Construction

Residence hall life

New Residence Hall and Dining Center

Estimated completion
Residence Hall: Fall 2015
Dining Center: Winter 2015
Renovations: Fall 2016

Plans to build a new residence hall and dining center adjacent to the Kramer Complex were announced in May 2013 following approval from the Kansas Board of Regents.

The project includes construction of the new residence hall and dining center, plus renovations to Marlatt and Goodnow residence halls. Once complete, the four buildings will be connected by enclosed walkways.

Our Mission

Kansas State University's new residence hall and
dining center 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
  Residence Hall 

450 beds

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

Current idea is that the residence hall would be floors 2-6 with the dining center on the first floor

  Dining Center

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




Treanor Architects

Treanor Architects’ student life design studio will be the architect of record for the new facilities, 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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