104-bed residence hall at KSU’s Aerospace and Technology Campus

From left to right: Eric Brown, Salina Chamber of Commerce; Jason Gillig, Hutton Corporation; Greg Lohrentz, KSU Foundation; Alysia Starkey, K-State Salina; Tim Rogers, Salina Airport Authority and K-State Salina Campus Advisory Board; Daran Neuschafer, K-State Salina Campus Advisory Board; Kyle Chamberlin, K-State Salina.

At a time of slowing college enrollment nationwide, Kansas State University’s Aerospace and Technology campus in Salina, Kansas recently opened a new 104-bed residence hall as enrollment surges escalate. the challenge for students to find available housing in the community.

It’s the latest chapter in a growing season for the campus. In response to changes in the aerospace and technology industries, K-State Salina has added two new college degrees and, with philanthropic support from donors, 17 aircraft to its fleet over the past year.

The new residence hall is another important strategic development on campus and improves accessibility for prospective students in need of accommodation.

Importance of on-campus housing

“This new residency is another step in establishing our campus as a global aerospace leader,” said Dean Alysia Starkey, Dean and CEO of K-State Salina. “Studies show that students get better grades and are more likely to graduate when they live on campus. This ideal space allows our students to build their network, pursue their goals and find the support they care about. When students are empowered by a positive community, they become the leaders of tomorrow. »

Dean Starkey, the Dean’s Advisory Council, alumni, and representatives from the KSU Foundation and Hutton Corporation met March 25 to inaugurate the $9.1 million project.

Commitment to the community

“K-State Salina’s commitment to the community and growing enrollment comes to fruition with the construction of this new residence,” said Tim Rogers, executive director of the Salina Airport Authority. “This not only helps students, but reduces housing pressure in Salina and benefits the Kansas economy through increased enrollment. The success of K-State Salina has a positive impact on our local community and the surrounding area.

Accelerate the design-build process

Construction will begin north of the existing residence halls and student union in April 2022 and is expected to be completed in August 2023.

“It’s exciting for the K-State Salina campus and we’re pleased to be accelerating with an integrated design-build process to handle the surge in enrollment,” said Greg Lohrentz, senior vice president of operations and finance at the KSU Foundation. “As the university’s strategic real estate partner, we appreciate the boost that the construction of this new dorm will bring to the university and to students wishing to launch their future at K-State Salina. And the university will own the residency once project funding has been received.

Rendering of the new residence hall at Kansas State University's Aerospace and Technology campus, slated to open August 2023. Courtesy of Hutton Corporation
Rendering of the new residence hall at Kansas State University’s Aerospace and Technology campus, slated to open August 2023. Courtesy of Hutton Corporation

Hutton Corporation, Salina, Kansas, is both the architect and the contractor for the project.

As Kansas State University’s strategic partner for philanthropy, the KSU Foundation inspires and guides philanthropy toward university priorities to boldly advance the K-State family. Visit www.ksufoundation.org for more information.

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