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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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.
Learn more about the projects underway: Welcome Center at Morgan Hall, Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Laboratory Facility, 17th Street 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.
Morgan 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.
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.
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 and computer/digital 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.
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.
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.
Construction of the Welcome Center at Morgan Hall is expected to begin in February 2013 and be completed in 2015.Your contribution matters. Learn how you can support the Welcome Center.
Energy efficiency upgrades - happening now. Work on the Memorial Union cooling system, pictured, is underway.Check on a specific building
Improvements to 17th Street began May 13 and will continue until July in the area from Washburn Avenue to west of College Avenue. The area from College to MacVicar Avenues is expected to be under construction from July to December.View a map of the project's phases
Area businesses remain open, including PT's Coffee pictured above. The parking lot in front of Morgan Hall also will be accessible during the project.