Construction continues on the four-story Capitol Federal Hall, the new School of Business building south of Robinson Center and east of Allen Fieldhouse on Naismith Drive. The $65.7 million, 166,000-square-foot structure was designed by Gensler of Chicago, partnered locally by Gastinger Walker Harden + BeeTriplett Buck of Kansas City; it is being constructed entirely through private funding. The building completion is scheduled for fall 2016.
The Capitol Federal Foundation of Topeka provided the $20 million lead gift. Capitol Federal Savings chair, president and CEO John B. Dicus earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the KU business school in 1983 and 1984. His father, John C. Dicus, a former Capitol Federal chair, earned his degree from KU’s business school in 1955.
The structure has north and south wings joined by a central atrium. Nineteen classrooms and 202 offices will feature innovative multimedia in 350- and 125-seat auditoria; labs and flexible spaces to enable student-centered learning and research; interview rooms for industry meetings and professional development; an expanded student help area; and space for centers in entrepreneurship, international business and business communication, among others.
Tennis and volleyball courts on the building site were relocated between Robinson Center and Watkins Memorial Health Center