Topeka — Kansas University is seeking approval from the Kansas Board of Regents for the name of the proposed addition to Allen Fieldhouse that will house James Naismith's original "Rules of Basket Ball."
At this point, KU is not revealing what name it has picked. The regents will take up the issue on Wednesday.
The approximately 31,000-square-foot addition will be constructed on the northeast corner of Allen Fieldhouse to establish a museum alongside the Booth Family Hall of Athletics.
David Booth, an Austin, Texas-based investor, purchased Naismith's original rules of basketball for $4.3 million three years ago and donated them to KU.
The project is part of a bigger special-events venue with a total budget of $18 million in private donations.
At Wednesday's regents meeting, the board also will consider authorizing KU to raze Burt Hall as part of the expansion of the School of Engineering. Burt Hall was originally constructed as a nuclear reactor facility for teaching and research, but the reactor was shut down in the 1970s, according to Mike Russell, KU's director of Environmental Health and Safety.
The reactor was dismantled, decommissioned and removed, and the building has been used as office space.
The plan is to start demolition of the building this summer, Russell said.