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Kansas State University-Morris Family Multicultural Student Center

Manhattan, Kansas

  • New Construction
  • 13,000 SF
  • $6 Million

Students, faculty and staff will come together for reflection, education and action at this new multicultural center, located in the heart of campus.

Kansas State University’s more than 30 multicultural organizations, serving around 4,000 students, will have a home on campus where they can meet and invite their peers to be immersed in cultural experiences. This new facility will bring an urban feel to the existing campus fabric, while staying true to the native Kansas materials already established. The multicultural center encourages pedestrian interaction, creating natural pathways from the rest of campus.

Hollis + Miller devised a series of workshops to draw out value-based criteria and framed discussions as “a typical day in the life of a student organization,” immersing groups in the process. Primary building uses were captured daily and the results led to a capacity model correctly sizing the building program, which was then tested by broader campus level planning criteria important to the best long-term sustainability in terms of campus engagement and efficient financial support. Furthermore, priorities were formulated through “dot democracy,” an interactive means of providing input without judgment – giving the students a full voice in the process.

This space will impact the entire campus, giving these vital student organizations the space they need to enrich lives and advance student success, diversity, social justice and inclusion.