By Diana Hutchison
Construction activities are in full swing this summer and have caused numerous road and side walk closures. You can find the most updated information on closures and pedestrian routes at http://www.k-state.edu/facilities/projects/projects/index.html. This page provides the current and estimated closures as well as links to information on current and proposed campus Capital Improvement Projects. A large map with the current closures and pedestrian routes is also available for viewing in the Customer Service Lobby in Dykstra Hall.
Construction Project Highlight – Chilled Water Plant & Campus Distribution Infrastructure Installation
As part of the 2025 initiative, Kansas State University is expanding the heating and cooling infrastructure for existing buildings while preparing for the expected growth in research facilities on campus. The Chiller Project includes installing chilled water lines throughout campus to create a utility loop and a new Chiller Plant building located next to the KSU Recycling Center north of Claflin Road. The Chiller Plant and utility loop will tie into the existing infrastructure and will allow for repair and maintenance of the system without affecting the surrounding facilities. The project allows for future building renovations to remove existing window air conditioners and link the existing buildings to the chilled water loop. As part of this project, 17th Street from College Heights to Claflin Road and Mid Campus Drive from Butterfly Lane to Old Claflin Road will become pedestrian malls and will be closed to normal vehicular traffic. Installation of infrastructure has been occurring on 17th Street this spring and summer. The 17th Street pedestrian mall paving will be complete prior to classes this fall with landscaping continuing into the fall. Mid-Campus Drive is scheduled to be closed at the end of spring semester 2016 for installation of infrastructure and will reopen as a pedestrian mall in fall of 2016.
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In addition to the Chilled water project, construction is currently progressing on the following projects –
Vanier Football Complex and North Stadium – completion for 2015 football season.
Engineering Complex Expansion – completion anticipated for late fall 2015.
East Memorial Stadium Welcome Center – completion anticipated for late spring 2016.
New College of Business – completion anticipated for fall classes 2016.
Wefald Residence Hall – completion anticipated for fall classes 2016.