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KU picks architects for new School of Business building

June 3, 2013

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Kansas University has selected two architectural firms to design a $60 million building for the KU School of Business, KU announced Monday.

Gensler, a global firm, will serve as the chief designer of the building. The Kansas City, Mo., firm Gastinger Walker Harden + Bee Triplett Buck will be a local partner, helping to implement the design. A committee of KU officials selected the two firms out of five national-local duos.

The cost of the contracts with the two firms is not yet finalized, a School of Business spokesman said. The cost of the new building, to be located on Naismith Drive across from Allen Fieldhouse, is estimated at roughly $60 million. Business Dean Neeli Bendapudi has said she hopes for the new facility to open for the 2015-16 school year.

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CWGOKU 10 months, 2 weeks ago

A licensed architect can sign off on and seal the drawings, let the school do the design and a Professor sign off on and save some money

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merickson 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi all,

To answer a couple of questions:

-Business Dean Neeli Bendapudi has said the school is aiming to raise about $50 million in private funds for the building, and as of December it had raised $33 million so far: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/dec...

-And as for the questions about KU graduates, the GWH+BTB firm tweeted this morning that three KU architecture alumni will be working on the project:

https://twitter.com/DESIGNwINSIGHT/status/341915967464562690

Thanks,

Matt Erickson

KU reporter

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oneeye_wilbur 10 months, 2 weeks ago

And hopefully the new building won't be the disaster the current school of business was when it was built. All that glass facing south, it ended up being so hot in the south hallways.

But again, having KU grads working for a firm, is not the same as being the Head Ar hitect! So, again, is there not one KU architect grad that could not have designed the building? Dolph always wants to promote KU. this could have been the time.

Even Joe Kellogg , arch professor of late, designed the Student Union at Emporia StAte!

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Patricia Davis 10 months, 2 weeks ago

How is the School of Business funding this building? Since the state of Kansas has retreated from its obligation to build buildings has all of the $60 million been raised and in hand or is this another build it and someone will pay for it scheme?

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MacHeath 10 months, 2 weeks ago

At least we have hope that the new school of Architecture building will be a better design than that Russian shoe factory of a hotel.

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StanHernly 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Did_I..... KU architecture students are not licensed (or qualified) to design $60 mil institutional buildings. KU architecture faculty's job is to teach students, not to design campus buildings. Projects like this require professional architecture firms to lead them, and if they have KU grads on staff it's all the better.

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oneeye_wilbur 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Have there never been any KU grads of architecture of note?

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toe 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The Capitol Federal, Dicus, or Bubb building will be nice. But, it may be difficult to find faculty that will work there for such low, capped salaries.

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