Fort Hays State University, Memorial Union Renovation/Addition

Hays, Kansas

  • FIRM

    Howard & Helmer Architects


    State of Kansas, Fort Hays State University

  • AREA

    96,769 sq.ft.





A major portion of the project added a new front entry to the building. Cascading canopies were designed that resulted in a dramatic new entry feature that leads one into a new formal entrance lobby addition. Concrete and native limestone were chosen in effort to complement the existing building materials.

The lower level was ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$76.47FEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation into the student government, student activities, Cody Commons, student organization and the student health center. A new performance stage and Mondo’s Deli are inside the new student lounge along with a cyber counter. Wireless connectivity throughout the building was installed as part of the project.

The first level was renovated into dining areas and a food-court concept. The large stairway opening near the food court provides a visual and physical connection between floors. The first floor also houses the Grab-N-Go snack store, Tiger Cove, service center, Commerce Bank, mail center and a new sunset lounge.

The second-level design scope included a new executive conference room with a view down into the two-story formal entrance lobby and new administrative offices.