Bill Snyder Family Stadium
The Bill Snyder Family Stadium is a 250,000-square-foot facility constructed with native limestone at Kansas State University (K-State). The new west stadium addition includes expansive concession and restroom facilities, a new ticket office, K-State retail locations, a K-State Hall of Honor, a student-athlete dining hall, new club and loge seats, additional suites, and a new press level. Olsson Associates’ portion of the project included surveying, utility relocation design, and general civil/site engineering design services. Olsson was on the AECOM design team. Construction began on the $90 million dollar project in December 2012 and was completed in August 2013. It was funded by private donations.
Vanier Family Football Complex
With the new Vanier Family Football Complex, the K-State Wildcats more than doubled the amount of space for student-athletes and coaches, providing access to world-class resources, equipment, and facilities and creating a more cohesive and efficient experience for training, studying, and competing.
The new training complex, which is attached to the stadium, includes expansive spaces, bold graphics, and state-of-the-art equipment. A four-story atrium leaves a memorable first impression and is accessible from all levels, including the main concourse. A new Student Athlete Enhancement Center facilitates the very best in academic and other support services for K-State student-athletes from all 16 sports.
The new Strength and Conditioning Center more than doubled the space of the previous building with multilevel-height ceilings, natural lighting, and a built-in plyometric ramp. Also housed here is a sports medicine center, which includes hydrotherapy equipment and the latest in student-athlete training and recovery resources. A team theater was also added, along with a customized and centrally located locker room, multiple student-athlete lounge spaces, and expansive meeting rooms. The entire top floor is dedicated to the football program, which includes offices and meeting rooms and a private balcony outside of the coaches’ offices that displays incredible views of the field and stadium.
The north stadium expansion provides a much-improved game-day experience for the fan base along with a more intimidating atmosphere within the fully enclosed seating bowl. Enhanced sightlines, deep seating treads, and direct stadium access are among many welcomed improvements for K-State fans. Olsson Associates served as the civil engineering firm and worked with Populous, an architecture firm based in Kansas City, Missouri, on the new north-end zone expansion to Vanier Family Football Complex.
Olsson Associates’ role included coordinating with Populous for all site utility relocation, site grading, and topographic survey.
The $65 million dollar project began in December 2014 and was completed in August 2015.
The Northeast Connector is scheduled to be complete in July 2016 and will house the visiting team’s locker room, the official’s locker room, and a new videoboard. The Northeast Connector will complete the 360-degree concourse. Olsson Associates is providing all the site utilities and grading and retaining walls for the project.
Olsson continued with the same Populous design team as previous K-State projects. Construction began on the $15 million dollar project in December 2015 and will be completed in July 2016.
K-State Engineering, Phase 4
The College of Engineering at K-State recently completed a Phase 4 expansion to add 107,000 square feet of instructional, research, and office space to the current engineering complex. The new facility enhances the educational experience for the college’s more than 3,500 students and 300 faculty and staff.
The University Engineering Initiative Act aims to increase the number of engineering graduates by more than 50 percent in the state of Kansas during a 10-year period. As K-State pushes to become a Top 50 public research university by 2025, the new facility will help recruit and retain high-quality students while establishing nationally recognized research programs and strengthening corporate partnerships. The new facility will be at the northeast corner of College Heights Road and Denison Avenue, across from Ahearn Field House consolidating the current engineering complexes of Rathbone, Durland, and Fiedler halls into one cohesive building.
The new expansion will have a flexible environment for interdisciplinary learning and collaboration. It will include classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, an auditorium, faculty and administrative offices, and student gathering areas. It will also bring all eight departments in close proximity and house the computing and information sciences department along with the electrical and computer engineering department. Rathbone Hall will be remodeled so that the front doors open to a reception center, a 250-seat auditorium, and a conference room to meet the needs of students, faculty, and alumni.
Olsson was part of the Perkins + Will team, an architecture design firm based in Chicago. Olsson provided the grading design, addition utility services, site utility relocation and site retaining walls design for the project. Also, part of this project included a courtyard with stepped bio-retention cells for stormwater management to create a unique entry into the building.
K-State Chilled Water Expansion
Olsson Associates is currently providing engineering services for a new chilled water plant, distribution piping, and existing building upgrades for K-State. Olsson is working closely with two subcontractors, LDB Engineers and Bowman Bowman Novick (BBN) Architects, to complete this project. Construction began on the $56 million project in June 2014 and is scheduled for completion in April 2017.
The project includes a chilled water system and building control upgrades to more than 40 buildings on campus. Requirements for the project include the following:
As part of the chilled waterline upgrades throughout campus, K-State desired to convert 17th Street and Mid Campus Drive to pedestrian malls in order to promote a pedestrian-friendly campus. Olsson was involved in every detail – providing a landscaping pallet, implementing rain gardens, branding entrance monuments, and designing the landscape lighting, pedestrian mall, and conversational spaces.
K-State Women’s Soccer Facility
With the inaugural season of women’s soccer to debut in 2016, K-State needed new practice and competition fields. The two new soccer fields consist of a Bermuda grass surface with new irrigation and drainage systems. They are located just south of Tointon Family Stadium. A practice field on the east side of the site accommodates both football and soccer. The soccer competition field is being built along College Avenue on the west side of the site, and it will provide versatility for future fan experience amenities including lighting, bleacher seating, a press facility, decorative fencing, and a scoreboard. With our extensive experience providing infrastructure improvements at K-State and our knowledge of designing large soccer complexes for universities and municipalities, Olsson Associates was the first choice to serve as the engineering partner on this project. Olsson professional staff members provided permitting, and earthwork volume calculations
K-State Outdoor Tennis Court Reconstruction
BBN Architects hired Olsson Associates as a subconsultant in May 2012 to provide professional services for the reconstruction of K-State’s outdoor tennis courts. The project involved the design of six tennis courts, two basketball courts, two sand volleyball courts, and a locker room, restroom, and equipment/storage facility. Olsson’s role in this project involved site/civil engineering, mechanical/electrical engineering, structural engineering, and construction staking services. The tennis, basketball, and sand volleyball courts were completed in early 2013, while the handball courts and the equipment rental facility were completed in late 2013.