MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT)Work started today on an expansion project for Kansas State University’s College of Engineering building.
Kansas First News reporter Vanessa Martinas tells us how these additions will benefit future students.
Mason Grittman is a mechanical engineering major at K-State.
He says he’s interested to see work start on the expansion.
“Oh, it’s going to be awesome. we’re going to get to see it over the next year and get to see all of the construction, get to see all of the demolition and it’s just going to be really cool,” Grittman said.
Demolition hasn’t started, workers are putting materials on site for it.
The Interim Dean of the college Gary Clark says he’s excited to see progress.
“We are so looking forward to this and today is a big day because we’ve been anticipating this for well over a year now to get to this point where we’re actually starting construction,” Clark said.
He says the expansion isn’t only for future students, but also for faculty.
“And we’re hiring more faculty and staff, so we need more offices and then as we hire those people we also need labs and there will be more lab space for students because our classes are getting bigger as well, so it’s a combination of things it’s not all just for the students but it’s also accommodating our other growth,” Clark said.
The additions will include classrooms, laboratories and an auditorium.
Grittman says even though he’s a senior he’ll make sure to walk down the new halls.
“Even if i don’t get to do it while I’m a student, definitely will come back so that i can see the new addition to the college, it’s going to be, it’s going to be really great and I’m looking forward to it,” Grittman said.
The expansion project should be completed by Fall 2015.
K-State says the building will remain open for classes while the $40 million renovations are underway.