A bold design

HOK names studio space inside revitalized Seaton Complex.

Historic architecture is often equated with charm and beauty, and Kansas State University’s Seaton Hall is no exception. However, the 107-year-old home for the College of Architecture, Planning & Design badly needed to be revitalized, alumni agreed.

“The light had dimmed,” said Tom Waggoner ’82, managing partner for HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Seaton Hall, largely unchanged since Waggoner’s days as an architecture student, was no longer a selling point in an increasingly competitive college recruiting environment.

“In the world of recruiting, there are a lot of factors behind why students go places,” Waggoner said. “If you’re in high school and you understand anything about an architecture program, you know you’re essentially going into a place where you’ll be living, in a sense. You’re going to be spending a lot of time there, and you want it to be a nice place.”

When the college announced plans to revitalize and expand Seaton Hall, HOK joined dozens of alumni and corporations in making a gift to support the project. As a member of the college’s Dean’s Advisory Council, Waggoner said he looks forward to the completion of the Seaton Complex project in 2017.

“It will be nice to have a distinct front entrance for the college,” he said. “I think the design is a little bold and different and something our campus needs.”

Opportunities still remain to name a space in the Seaton Complex. Learn more by visiting apdesign.k-state.edu/about/seaton/ or contacting Damon Fairchild at 785-775-2086 or damonf@ksufoundation.org.

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