The Morgan Hall renovation and Welcome Center addition will happen with support from donors like you.Learn more at the Washburn University Foundation onlineRead about the project in the Ichabod magazine
It is an exciting time to be an Ichabod. Two major projects are underway and several soon will begin that will move the campus of Washburn University forward.
As part of the City of Topeka's Capitol Improvement Program, 17th Street – from MacVicar to Washburn avenues at the front door of Washburn's campus – will be widened to three lanes and resurfaced.
The new 17th Street corridor will feature sidewalks and a boulevard between Mulvane Street and Jewell Avenue with landscaped planters. Additional enhancements include new lighting, new storm sewers and inlets and irrigation. Washburn will be responsible for maintenance and care of the planters. Road construction will be accomplished in two phases. The first, from Washburn to College avenues, is expected to be completed in July, 2013. The second phase, from MacVicar to College avenues, should be completed in December.
The visitor parking lot in front of Morgan Hall will be accessible throughout construction. From May to July, please plan to access the parking lot at Boswell Avenue. From August to December, access the lot via College Avenue.
The project budget of $2.46 million was approved by the Topeka City Council on March 5, 2013 on a 9-0-0 vote.
A major energy efficiency upgrade is underway at Washburn. Virtually all campus facilities will receive upgrades to lighting, heating and air conditioning and water fixtures in the next 20 months. The campus-wide effort is expected to cause minimal disruption to the learning environment. It should be completed in fall of 2014. In addition to reducing the overall carbon footprint of our campus, these energy upgrades are expected to save $618,000 in utility costs annually. It will also offset the amount of deferred maintenance projects on campus.
The project will enhance the classroom experience by improving lighting and ensuring a more even indoor temperature throughout campus.
Energy efficiency upgrades - happening nowCheck on a specific building
Improvements to 17th Street are slated by the City to begin May 13 and continue until July in the area from Washburn Avenue to west of College Avenue. The area from College to MacVicar Avenues is expected to be under construction from July to December.View a map of the project's phases