KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
Hutton has covered a lot of ground on the K-State campus, completing six large and multiple smaller projects over the years, including restoration to Hale Library after a catastrophic fire in 2018. “Before a hammer was ever swung, I felt like Hutton had a really good understanding of the drawing set and the work that needed to be accomplished, and I think that’s very important,” said Jeremy Sharp, project manager for the division of facilities at the school.
Hutton has renovated or built new additions to several buildings on campus, including Justin Hall, KSU Foundation, the Berney Family Welcome Center, the Purple Masque Theater lobby, Hale Library and Durland Hall’s lab. Each had its unique challenges. “I like for contractors to come to the table with solutions rather than just identifying a problem and throwing their hands in the air. Hutton excelled at doing that,” said Sharp. The 2018 fire at Hale Library presented a unique opportunity for Hutton – in partnership with PGAV Architects – to be part of providing Wildcats with a next-generation learning environment while restoring the historical library Great Room to its historical glory.
“Hutton takes full ownership of the construction documents and are proactive when they see something that is not going to work as originally planned. They come to the table with ideas and opportunities rather than ‘problems.’”
JEREMY SHARP, PE
Campus Planning and Project Management, Kansas State University
START AT THE TOP
An accidental fire started on the roof of the building in 2018, leading to damage throughout the entire building. Hutton’s first step was to repair the roof and upgrade infrastructure to prevent further catastrophes, build a mechanical penthouse on the rooftop and disposal of water-damaged materials. Once complete, Hutton moved onto the construction package, which included renovation to five floors and restoration of the original 1927 library structure, including the iconic Great Room.