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KU picks architects for new School of Business building

June 3, 2013


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.


David Holroyd 5 years ago

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

afalley 5 years ago

Good question. Both firms have KU grads on their teams, including the principal architect at Gensler.

Austin Falley KU School of Business

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years ago

Those that can do neither Administrate!

StanHernly 5 years 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.

Patricia Davis 5 years 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?

afalley 5 years ago

The building is being funded solely through private contributions -- and we'll have more news this fall.

Austin Falley, KU School of Business

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years ago

Noticed Koch Industries has donated money in the past, for some of the areas in Summerfield Hall. Will Koch Industries be a contributor for The New Building?

afalley 5 years ago

Cap Fed Foundation provided the lead gift of $20 million, with the rest of the private contributions coming from alumni. Koch Industries has not contributed to the project.

merickson 5 years 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:

-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:


Matt Erickson

KU reporter

Patricia Davis 5 years ago

I'm not a KU business school graduate but the dean plans to raise $50 million for a $60 building (I'm assuming that furnishing the building is not include in the $60 million). Just how does this add up? Even in the best of logistics in the vein of just in time, it looks like we're missing a big piece of the pie that is supposed to magically appear.

Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years ago

Not really. I read someplace (I apologize for not recalling the source) that it can take an architect 8-16 weeks to design a domestic home from scratch. That's the better part of a semester. If that holds true, designing an academic building wouldn't really be a one-semester project.

Add to that the fact that the design firms are employing teams of full-time architects, and the students' time is divided between 4 or 5 classes, and the professors already have full-time teaching and research loads....

And, you know, if I was a professor and my employer had just capped my salary, I don't think I'd be very happy about taking on the equivalent of a full-time design lead role in addition to my full-time teaching/research loads with no extra pay involved.

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