Hoch Auditorium Classroom and Library


University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Project Summary:

Complete architectural, interior design and programming services, including schematic design, design development, construction documents, contract administration and post-occupancy evaluation. This project was accomplished with PKG Architects, Lawrence, Kansas. On June 15, 1992, lightning struck historic Hoch Auditorium. The ensuing blaze consumed and destroyed this 1927 building. The front facade and pproximately 50 feet of the front of the building are all that remained intact. Renovation of the remaining section of Hoch, and subsequent integration of the new construction are of primary focus in this project. Once completed, the building will house state-of-the-art classroom and library facilities including one 1,000 seat lecture hall, two 500 seat lecture halls, four 50 seat classrooms, a testing commons area and library facilities such as collection area, study area and a staff/services area. The lower level library space was extended beneath a pedestrian plaza to connect to the University’s main library. The overall square footage of Hoch Auditorium, once reconstructed, will exceed 115,000 square feet.

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