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KU business and basketball additions before the Kansas Board of Regents

October 11, 2012

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— Two major Kansas University building projects — totaling more than $83 million — will be aired next week before the Kansas Board of Regents.

KU will ask the regents for approval of the plan for a state-of-the-art building for the School of Business and construction of an addition to Allen Fieldhouse to house James Naismith's original rules of basketball.

The 166,000 square-foot School of Business building will cost $65.74 million to construct and equip. It will be funded with private gifts and university resources.

Last week, officials announced a $20 million gift for the building from the foundation of Capitol Federal Savings of Topeka.

Summerfield Hall, which currently houses the School of Business and has approximately 56,590 square feet, will be converted for other uses.

A regents memo states: "The classrooms and computer labs are generally in better condition than those in other buildings across campus. These classrooms and labs will be placed into general university service thereby allowing many classrooms across campus that cannot be upgraded with current technology to be repurposed. The office and conference space will be repurposed for a variety of university functions and departments including Film & Media Studies, Communication Studies, University Career Center, and the University Advising Center."

The cost of moving these departments to Summerfield should be minimal, the memo states.

KU is asking the regents to approve putting the new School of Business building in its current fiscal year capital improvement request. The issue will be discussed Wednesday during the regents' monthly meeting.

Also on Wednesday, the regents will consider authorizing construction of the proposed $18 million "Rules of Basket Ball" museum and student activity center.

The museum will be alongside the Booth Family Hall of Athletics inside Allen Fieldhouse. The focal point of the museum will be Naismith's original rules, which were purchased for $4.3 million by David Booth, a Texas-based investor, who donated them to KU.

There will also be a large public plaza off Naismith Drive. The project will be funded with private gifts and constructed by the KU Endowment Association, and once finished turned over to the university.

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