KSU - SE Kansas Area Agricultural Research and Extension Center

KSU - SE Kansas Area Agricultural Research and Extension Center

The Clark Enersen Partners were commissioned by Kansas State University to design a combined office and research space for the Southeast Kansas Regional Research office and the Southeast Kansas Extension office to provide practical, research-based information and educational programs to address critical issues facing rural agricultural producers, business operators, and communities.  Combining these two facilities that share the same core mission will provide KSU with substantial savings in facilities costs and will allow both human and material resources to be utilized by both staffs more efficiently and effectively.

Kansas State University’s Southeast Extension Office, located in Chanute, Kansas currently provides educational outreach to 21 southeast Kansas counties including towns of Parsons, Chetopa, Columbus, Altamont and Mound Valley.

Kansas State University also has their Southeast Agricultural Research Center located in Parsons, Kansas. The research conducted in this part of the state impacts the areas of Beef Cattle and Crop Production; Soil and Water Management; Crop Variety Development; and Forages. The research program has research fields, research support buildings and animal production facilities located near the towns of Chanute, Chetopa, Columbus, Altamont, Mound Valley and Parsons. The two existing facilities are separated by 37 miles.

This project involves combining the two offices into one location to facilitate effective interactions between the university’s research and extension activities to improve delivery of education information to southeast Kansas. This plan is intended to follow a very successful model currently employed in the southwest and northwest Kansas research and extension areas.

The Southeast Kansas Research and Extension Center as proposed is a new 13,289 gross square foot structure in Parsons, Kansas.  The building has been designed as a single-story, slab-on-grade structure and is generally organized into three distinctive areas; a large open pedestrian spine, an administrative office wing, and a public meeting space.  The design of these three areas has been developed to meet both functional and security zoning requirements.