Elevating spaces

A renaissance of new and transformed facilities is one of the legacies of Far Above. Donor generosity has supported 16 construction projects — new buildings, additions and major renovations — that are enhancing learning, research and patient care.

The views are breathtaking, but more importantly, these projects have modernized the spaces where concepts become inventions, students emerge as leaders and patients regain health.

Improvements have touched all areas — with expanded dining, learning and collaboration areas; updates to spaces for art, music and architecture; and new facilities for business, engineering, health education and patient care.

State-of-the-art spaces are supporting the growing needs for learning in small, problem-solving teams with access to the latest technology. Our campuses can now welcome community leaders and businesses as never before with areas to host workshops, training and conferences, consistently partnering industry practitioners with our faculty and students. Students also have more access to advising and career services, helping them to be successful on campus and in their professions.

These dynamic new environments, made possible thanks to Far Above donors, will help position KU at the forefront of progress and as a center for innovation:

  • Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion
  • Capitol Federal Hall
  • Cambridge North Tower at The University of Kansas Hospital
  • DeBruce Center
  • The Forum addition at Marvin Hall
  • Health Education Building
  • Hill Engineering Research and Development Center
  • KU Clinical Research Center
  • LEEP2 Engineering Center
  • Lied Center Pavilion
  • Marie S. McCarthy Hall
  • Ritchie Hall
  • Slawson Hall
  • Spencer Museum of Art renovation
  • Swarthout Recital Hall renovation
  • Zamierowski Institute for Experiential Learning

A lead gift from the Capitol Federal Foundation made possible this new home for the School of Business. It doubles the space for students and provides collaborative, interactive work spaces with the latest technology. The building’s auditoria, reception areas, cafeteria, team meeting rooms and spaces for visiting executives are designed to bring the campus and wider communities inside. It opened its doors in May 2016.

Night view of Cambridge North Tower rendering

Cambridge North Tower

Cambridge North Tower will enable The University of Kansas Hospital to serve more patients, with 11 new operating rooms, 28 intensive care beds and 96 acute care beds. Annette Bloch, president of the R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation, was the lead donor. The first phase of the tower will open in late 2017, the second in 2018.

DeBruce Center exterior

DeBruce Center

The DeBruce Center opened in 2016 as a new student and visitor center adjoining Allen Fieldhouse with dining, café and event space. It was funded by a lead gift from alumnus Paul DeBruce and the DeBruce Foundation and displays the original “Rules of Basket Ball” as written by James Naismith. The rules were donated by alumnus David Booth.

The Forum addition at Marvin Hall

The Forum addition
at Marvin Hall

Donors enabled Studio 804 students to design and construct The Forum, the students’ most ambitious project to date. The LEED Platinum addition opened in 2015 and includes a 120-seat lecture hall, breakout space and central commons for the School of Architecture, Design & Planning.

Lied Center Pavilion

Lied Center Pavilion

The Lied Foundation Trust was the lead donor for the expansion of the center’s lobby and the construction of an education pavilion that serves as a space for events, receptions, recitals and meetings. It opened in 2011.

Slawson Hall rendering

Slawson Hall

The family of the late KU alumnus Don Slawson provided the lead gift for Slawson Hall, as part of the EEEC. Opening next year, it will be a new landmark in collaborative research on energy and environment.

Health Education Building

Health Education Building

KU Medical Center’s new home for interprofessional education will promote interaction with students and faculty from the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions, and from KU’s other campuses. Made possible by lead gifts from the Hall Family Foundation and David and Mary Zamierowski, this building will create a community for students, foster innovation, and build a workforce pipeline for communities throughout the region.

Marie S. McCarthy Hall

Marie S. McCarthy Hall

Alumni Kent and Missy McCarthy contributed to construct this new apartment-style residence hall for 38 athletes and upper-class students next to Allen Fieldhouse. Each apartment consists of a living room, dining room and full kitchen. It opened in 2016.

Spencer Museum of Art renovation

Spencer Museum of Art renovation

Thanks to donors, the museum will open Phase I of a major renovation in fall 2016 that reflects its emphasis on university engagement. The revitalization of nearly 30,000 square feet includes a complete renovation of the lobby and central court, expanding the teaching gallery, introducing an object study room, and enlarging research and storage areas.

Zamierowski Institute for Experiential Learning

Zamierowkski Institute for Experiential Learning

The Zamierowkski Institute for Experiential Learning will be intregal to the Health Education Building and also includes renovated space in Sudler Hall that opened in 2015. Made possible by David and Mary Zamierowski, the institute’s full-scale operating room and patient suites are outfitted with mannequins and up-to-date medical equipment so health care students and providers can collaborate and learn in simulated patient care scenarios.

Ritchie Hall rendering

Ritchie Hall

Alumni Scott and Carol Ritchie made possible the construction of Ritchie Hall, which will bring geology and petroleum engineering together in one of two buildings to comprise the new Earth, Energy and Environment Center (EEEC). Ritchie Hall will open in 2017.

Swarthout Recital Hall

Swarthout Recital Hall

The renovation of Swarthout Hall — originally built in 1957 and KU’s primary venue for student, faculty and guest recitals — improved every aspect of the hall. The new performance space opened in 2015. It has an enhanced structure and design, acoustics, lighting, audio, and technology that includes recording and webcasting capabilities. Donors also funded two new Steinway concert pianos.