Kansas State University Fab Lab

A nexus for interdisciplinary engagement, outreach and research.

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In collaboration with Ennead and BNIM architects, EL DORADO provided design leadership and planning services in the creation of a fabrication-based research laboratory that supports the pedagogy of the curriculum and provides students with a state of the art learning environment encouraging cross-disciplinary interaction and innovation. The design of the labs complement the studios above, by breaking down the barriers between the disciplines and vertically integrating the community of designers. At 70% of the new construction within the expansion, each of the 16 labs act as a hybrid between workshop and classroom, transforming the lab experience into a nurturing environment for learning and exploring. The new Center for Design Excellence within the fab lab offers a flexible space to allow for full-scale mock-ups and a range of uses that permit the students to showcase their work throughout the year.
  • 2017
  • Architect
  • Manhattan, KS
  • 150,000 SF

Client

  • Kansas State University

Eldo Team

  • Principal: Doug Stockman

  • Project Manager: Chris Burk

  • Designer: Nick Kratz

Collaborators

  • Contractor: JE Dunn Construction

  • Project Leads: BNIM; Ennead; Confluence

Awards

  • 2019 AIA Kansas City Design Excellence Awards - Merit Award

Photography by

  • Tim Hursley

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