Gastinger Walker Harden + BeeTriplett Buck selected as the architects of the new KU School of Business

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – Kansas City, MO-based Gastinger Walker Harden + BeeTriplett Buck and the Chicago office of Gensler have been selected as the architects of the new KU School of Business in Lawrence, KS.

The two firms, who were chosen by a University committee over four other major teams, will collaborate on the project. Gensler will hold primary responsibility for the new building’s design and conceptualization. GWH+BB will oversee from construction documentation, administration, implementation and completion. The team was chosen because they offered both local knowledge and global experience in higher education.

“It’s a pretty amazing opportunity. It’s a chance to make a difference on the campus that I’ve lived on and grown to love over the years,” Broz said. “To build a building that not only responds to the current economic situation but also all the ups and downs that happen in business, it’s a very responsible project to be part of.”

Two of the primary team leaders for the project are graduates of the KU School of Architecture: Kevin Harden, class of 1980, is a principal and owner of GWH+BB. David Broz, class of 1997, is the Firm-wide Education Practice Leader from Gensler. Each has served on the architecture school’s advisory board for more than 10 years. Additional alumni will be encouraged to work on the project as it progresses. More than 20 Jayhawks are on staff throughout both firms.

“We are extremely proud of this assignment. Personally, as a graduate of the University of Kansas, I am looking forward to being a part of the team that brings the next world-class, educational building to the Lawrence campus,” said Harden.

The new six-story, 166,000-square foot building, located on the east side of Naismith Drive, across from Allen Fieldhouse at the south entrance of campus, is expected to cost approximately $60 million. The firms’ client kick off meeting is planned for mid-July. The building is expected to be completed by 2016.

About Gensler Gensler is a global design firm, with 43 offices and 3,500 employees worldwide. The firm helps clients succeed by focusing on the needs of the people they serve, whether they are employees, customers, sports fans, students, passengers or guests. Founded in 1965, Gensler has deep expertise in design and architecture across 20 practices, including commercial office buildings, professional services, retail, aviation, planning and urban design, entertainment and hospitality, sports stadia and education facilities. The firm also holds practices focusing on brand strategy, environmental graphic design, mission-critical facilities, and has recently invested in consulting for real estate workplace and sustainable design. Gensler’s recent projects of note include the Shanghai Tower, JetBlue T5 at JFK International Airport, Houston Ballet Center for Dance, Facebook’s global headquarters, Incheon International Airport in South Korea, Dubai International Financial Center and Duke University’s Kunshan Campus in China.

About Gastinger Walker Harden + BeeTriplett Buck Gastinger Walker Harden + BeeTriplett Buck is a full service architecture, interior design and planning firm founded in 1981 with offices in Chicago and Kansas City. The firm serves a select group of clients in the corporate, educational, housing and healthcare markets.

CONTACT:Matt Thomas 816.569.0854 mthomas@designwithinsight.com

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