Construction

Check out the Master Plan

The Washburn Board of Regents in July 2013 approved a 10 year campus master plan that includes several additions. You can view and print a PDF copy by clicking the link below.

Washburn University Master Plan
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Major construction and master plan

Walking Ichabod logo, blue, tipping a hardhat rather than a tophat.It is an exciting time to be an Ichabod. Two major projects are underway and several soon will begin that will move the campus of Washburn University forward.

By clicking the + below you can learn more about the projects underway: Welcome Center at Morgan Hall, Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Laboratory Facility, 17th Street improvements and campus-wide energy efficiency upgrades.

You can also view the 10-year campus master plan approved by the Washburn Board of Regents in July 2013.

Several offices originally located in Morgan Hall have been relocated. Check this list (PDF) to be sure you know where to find what you're looking for. Thanks for your patience during this process.

Welcome Center at Morgan Hall

Rendering of Welcome Center atriumMorgan Hall will be renovated beginning in February 2014 to become Washburn University's "front door."

Morgan Hall has served as both an academic and administrative hub since it opened in 1956. The multimillion dollar renovation will result in a 21st Century space all Ichabods -- past, current and future -- will be proud of. A new one-stop center will enable students to apply for admission, meet with an advisor and register for classes, learn about scholarships and other financial aid, pay tuition and more.

A new plaza on the building's north side, facing 17th Street, will make Morgan Hall and the Welcome Center the obvious front door of campus. The new Welcome Center is expected to be dedicated in 2015 in celebration of the university's sesquicentennial.

Renovation preparations begin

McPherson Contractors have been issued notice to proceed on the Morgan Hall/Welcome Center construction project. Soon, you will see a fence, barricades and construction trailer added to campus, north of Morgan Hall, and you will begin to see contractors in the building.

Offices are moving now:

  • Admissions is now in the Forum Room, lower level of the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center
  • Student Services is now in the Mosiman and Rice rooms, upper level, Memorial Union
  • Financial Aid is now in rooms 179 and 180 of Morgan Hall.
  • Click for a complete list of new office locations.

Find out more about how you can contribute to the new Welcome Center at Morgan Hall. |  Read about the project in the Ichabod magazine.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Laboratory Facility

Washburn is excited to partner with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Recent approval and appropriations from the Legislature and the State of Kansas have paved the way for construction of a new forensic laboratory for the bureau to be built on Washburn's campus. The initial layout and design schematics for the new facility were completed in late 2013.

To be situated between the south end of the Petro Allied Health Center parking lot and Durow Drive, the approximately 100,000 square foot facility will house the State of Kansas crime lab. About 70 scientists and technicians will work at the building once it is completed. The project is anticipated to cost $55 million and the building is expected to open in 2016. Washburn plans to issue bonds to pay for the building's construction with the State of Kansas repaying those costs, and costs associated with building operations, through a master lease covering the life of the building.

In the future, having KBI and the state crime lab on campus will benefit both the criminal justice and forensic chemical science degree programs already offered at Washburn and allow for new programs in the areas of biological, computer/digital and anthropological forensics. Students will be able to use about 11,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratory space in the building and the potential for internships for students, adjunct instructor opportunities for KBI staff and other collaborations will be explored.

Questions about this project should be directed to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. |  Read about the project in the Ichabod magazine.

17th Street

  • 17th Street17th Street is passable in both directions.
  • Light poles and other work will continue as weather allows.
  • Final work on 17th Street will occur in March 2014, for up to six weeks.

As part of the City of Topeka's Capitol Improvement Program, 17th Street – from MacVicar to Washburn avenues at the front door of Washburn's campus – will be widened to three lanes and resurfaced.

The new 17th Street corridor will feature sidewalks and a boulevard between Mulvane Street and Jewell Avenue with landscaped planters. Additional enhancements include new lighting, new storm sewers and inlets and irrigation. Washburn will be responsible for maintenance and care of the planters. Road construction will be accomplished in two phases. The first, from Washburn to College avenues, is expected to be completed in September, 2013. The second phase, from MacVicar to College avenues, should be completed in December. 

The visitor parking lot in front of Morgan Hall will be accessible throughout construction. From May to July, please plan to access the parking lot at Boswell Avenue. From August to December, access the lot via College Avenue.

The project budget of $2.46 million was approved by the Topeka City Council on March 5, 2013 on a 9-0-0 vote.

View images of this project's progress | Learn more from the City of Topeka Engineering Department

Energy Efficiency

A major energy efficiency upgrade is underway at Washburn. Virtually all campus facilities will receive upgrades to lighting, heating and air conditioning and water fixtures in the next 20 months. The campus-wide effort is expected to cause minimal disruption to the learning environment. It should be completed in fall of 2014. In addition to reducing the overall carbon footprint of our campus, these energy upgrades are expected to save $618,000 in utility costs annually. It will also offset the amount of deferred maintenance projects on campus. 

The project will enhance the classroom experience by improving lighting and ensuring a more even indoor temperature throughout campus. 

Learn more about this project  |  Visit the Trane website on progress of the project | Trane Project Update Oct. 2013

young woman walking in front of Stoffer Science Hall

Watch our progress
Front of Morgan Hall at start

Click to watch the progress of Morgan Hall construction LIVE! Please note that the video may buffer or respond slowly if many computers, phones or tablets are viewing at the same time. Please be patient while you watch the new Morgan Hall take shape.

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Timeline
Exterior aerial rendering of the new Morgan Hall Welcome Center

Construction of the Welcome Center at Morgan Hall is expected to begin in March 2014 and be completed in 2015.

View a Facebook album of construction photos

Final work on 17th Street is expected in March 2014.