April 28, 2014
Mortenson Construction, a leading builder of sports facilities in the U.S., and joint-venture partner GE Johnson Construction, a full-service construction company headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., have been selected to continue their work on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kan. Details of the new privately-funded Vanier Football Complex and North Stadium project were unveiled in a press conference during the Wildcats’ spring football game on Saturday, April 26.
“With more than $125 million of facility improvements completed in the last 24 months and the excitement of our fans, evidenced by the current string of 13 consecutive football sellouts, it is imperative that we build upon the tradition and success of our program under Coach Snyder’s leadership and the passion of our fan base, said Athletics Director John Currie. The grass-roots support of our fans coupled with philanthropic leadership will allow us to privately fund this phase of our master plan and significantly enhance not only the world-class experience of our student-athletes and the national visibility of Kansas State University, the city of Manhattan and the state of Kansas but also the terrific fans that will help make this a reality. This new facility and seating enhancements will show that we are fully committed to maintaining, as well as furthering, our position as a leader at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics.”
Phase Three of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan, at an estimated cost of $65 million, will feature a new Vanier Football Complex structure that is considered pivotal in maintaining and securing K-State’s competitive future and enhancing the overall experience of K-State student-athletes. It will also include significant improvements to Wildcat operations including a new locker room, weight room, video room, and a new academic center for student-athletes. Fans can look forward to better seating behind the north end zone, new restrooms, and a wider concourse.
“The Mortenson | GE Johnson team is looking forward to continuing our partnership with K-State Athletics,” said Derek Cunz, vice president at Mortenson Construction. “The success we had on the West Side Stadium Expansion was the result of a strong collaborative effort and the expertise and dedication of the team – we’re bringing the same team back to deliver the ultimate BIG 12 game day experience.”
Phase II of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan on the Kansas State University campus was completed on time and on budget on August 21, 2013. The renovated stadium enhanced the game-day experience for Kansas State Fans through a series of improvements and serves as the northwest gateway to campus and a rallying point for the University’s visionary “K-State 2025” plan.
“It’s extremely exciting to be bringing back the team members that produced such great results on the West Stadium Center. This joint venture brings a tremendous amount of momentum to serving K-State Athletics and the entire KSU community, said Jim Johnson, president at GE Johnson Construction. “We feel like our involvement in the new Vanier Football Complex and North Stadium project is a testament to our past performance, and we can’t wait to get to work.”