Student center

Despite the pandemic, the multicultural student center is still on track to open in November

As of August 11, 2020, much of the skeleton of the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center is nearing completion. Associate Vice President for Diversity Student Life and Multicultural Student Affairs Adrian Rodriguez said the project is on track to be completed by the Nov. 20 unveiling deadline. (Kaylie McLaughlin | College Media Group)

The Morris Family Multicultural Student Center is set to open its doors at its unveiling ceremony in November, Associate Vice President for Diversity Student Life and Multicultural Student Affairs Adrian Rodriguez said.

The building envelope is largely complete. The next few months will be spent completing the interior of the building.

“When the students left campus in March, much of the ground and foundation work was in progress, so many didn’t see the steel and the outer shell going up,” Rodriguez said via email. mail. “So we’re incredibly excited to share all of the great progress that has happened while students have been physically away from campus.”

In total, the project is expected to cost around $6.2 million, supported by private donors. Jim Bob Morris, a Kansas State alumnus and former football player of Cherokee descent, was a major donor to the project.

“We’re lucky that we haven’t seen a lot of cost increases due to COVID-19,” Rodriguez said.

On the east side of the K-State Student Union, the center sits on the site of a previously proposed expansion to the Union. Construction of the center began in the fall of 2019 with utility works.

The project, which has been ongoing for several years, reached a new milestone in 2018 when K-State formed the Project Action Team of about 30 people from across the university. Later that year, Chairman Richard Myers told KUnite that around 66% of the funding needed for the project had already been secured.

The inauguration ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on November 20.

“However, we remain nimble given the fluidity and external forces of COVID-19,” Rodriguez said. “Naturally, we will adhere to COVID-19 guidelines for college events and limits on mass gatherings, so planning for these activities will certainly take that into account.”