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Experiences and Insights from use of a design-build process in founding a new campus

by Daniel C. Richardson, Lisa C. Freeman, Valerie K. York, Cynthia A. Shuman and B. Jan Middendorf

Introduction:

At public research universities, state funding is decreasing and budget cuts are now the norm. Establishing a new campus may seem impossible under these conditions; however, Kansas State University (K-State) recently established a new campus in Olathe, Kansas. K-State Olathe’s first building, the International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute, a $28 million, 108,000 square foot facility, expands K-State into a three-campus system and provides the Kansas City region with increased access to the university’s programs. K-State was able to take this significant step during an economic downturn, in part because of strategic planning with a focus on innovation coupled with the support and hard work of some nontraditional stakeholder groups.

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