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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

APDesign Newsletter 1.20.12

Reminder: Campus Master Plan Open Meetings This Week

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend open campus meetings on updating the university’s campus master plan. The planning and architecture firm Ayers Saint Gross will conduct the meetings to gather opinions, experiences and observations about the campus from a wide variety of individuals.

The open campus meetings will be noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, both in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.

If unable to attend one of the open meetings, feel free to attend one of the stakeholder focus group meetings being conducted this week. For more information on the Campus Master Plan update process and for a schedule of stakeholder focus group meetings, go to 

Upcoming APDesign Lectures

APDesign has two upcoming February lectures that everybody should make sure to get on their calendars.

The first lecturer is Phillip Baumer. The lecture will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 10, in the Little Theatre at the K-State Student Union. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Baumer is an alumni of APDesign’s Interior Architecture & Product Design program. He is a design manager at Blake Clotia, LLC in Wichita.

On Monday, February 13, William F. Baker, structural engineering partner for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP will be speaking at 4:30 p.m. in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.

Throughout his distinguished career, Baker has dedicated himself to structural innovation. His best-known contribution has been to develop the “buttressed core” structural system for the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest manmade structure. While widely regarded for his work on tall buildings, his expertise also extends to a wide variety of structures like the GM Entry Pavilion and Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion and BP Pedestrian Bridge.

Baker is also known for his work on long-span roof structures, such as the Korean Air Lines Operations Hangar and the Virginia Beach Convention Center, as well as for his collaboration with artists like Jamie Carpenter (Raspberry Island-Schubert Club Band Shell), Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (Gravity is a Force to be Reckoned With), and James Turrell (Roden Crater).

Weigel Adds New Databases

Looking for some new research options for an upcoming project? Are you curious about a new material or product? Looking for some cool images to study from or to incorporate into a presentation? At Weigel Library, we’ve got you covered.

We have three new databases that could have just what you need to help you succeed. They are all available through the database area of our library webpage, http://apps.lib.k-state.edu/databases/

  1. Archivisionhttp://k-state.archivision.com/browse.aspx
    With over 53,000 high resolution images, Archivision offers many visual options including everything from the pyramids to the Las Vegas strip. You can search by architect, period, subject or building technique, download the images, and create slideshows or flashcards that include image information (great for studying!)

  1. Buildinggreen.comhttp://apps.lib.k-state.edu/databases/?s=buildinggreen
    This database is packed with information and set up like a website making its use intuitive. There are LEED templates and forums, blogs about building products, educational videos, CSI specification materials, case studies, and the latest news in the industry.

  1. Material ConneXionhttp://library.materialconnexion.com/home.aspx
    This database gives you access to the largest library of innovative and sustainable materials and processes in the world. You can sort your searches based on material, processing, sustainability and by resistance and wear. There are high quality images, full specifications and contact information for manufacturers and sales representatives.

Questions? As always, we are here to assist you, providing you with the little things that aid you on your path to success. We encourage you to stop by Weigel Library in Seaton 323 for all of your information needs. 

New Student Services Coordinator Hired

Rebecca “Becky” Zirger has been hired to fill the coordinator position in the Office of Student Services. Becky’s first day will be Wednesday, February 1. Please be sure to stop by and meet Becky and make her feel welcome.

Still Looking for Telefund Volunteers

Students, staff and faculty, this year APDesign has three calling times for K-State Telefund. We have the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 12, and the evenings of Feb. 12 and Wednesday, Feb. 15.

We have exclusive rights to these times, and between the three time slots, we have over 250 calling slots. Participating students are eligible for cool prizes and more!

To sign up, please go to www.k-statetelefund.org

Faculty Senate to host Spring Open Forums

The Faculty Senate of Kansas State University invites you to the spring 2012 open forums.

The Manhattan forum will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in 105 Umberger Hall. President Schulz and Provost Mason will take part.

This year’s forums are an opportunity to be informed about administrative activities as well as to ask questions of President Schulz and Provost Mason. In this year’s format, Faculty Senate Executive Committee members will ask questions and then audience members will be given the opportunity to ask further questions. The event will be video streamed online for those who are not able to attend in person at http://www.k-state.edu/president/speeches/. The link will become active just prior to each event.

If you have questions for President Schulz or Provost Mason but are unable to attend in person, please send those questions via email to Candace LaBerge at candaceb@k-state.edu, and they will be presented as time permits.