Wefald Hall & Kramer Dining Center

Kansas State University
Architectural Design, Interior Design, Planning, Programming
Higher Education
Manhattan, KS
Project type
New construction and renovation

Revitalizing opportunities for social and academic success

With increased housing and enrollment needs, this new housing and dining for Kansas State University was built within an established 1960s-era residential center. The new residence hall revitalizes this area of campus to complement the university’s 2025 strategic plan to boost student retention and support academic success.

Kansas State University’s 540-bed Wefald residence hall, 875-seat Kramer dining center, and renovation of Marlatt and Goodnow Halls combines the campus living, learning, and dining experience in a state-of-the-art residential center. The design embraces the timeless traditions of the university and will serve as a safe, inviting, and inclusive environment that enables students to reach their full potential as scholars.

Wefald Hall surrounds the new renovated and expanded Kramer Dining Center. Elevated bridges provide weatherproof transit from existing residence halls to the new dining. The design of Wefald Hall provides opportunities for students to live in clusters according to their area of academic focus. Each cluster has several gathering spaces and study rooms, and each floor has a full kitchen and central gathering lounge.  A fireplace-lit lobby with a game room and laundry facilities provide community space on the first floor.

A bustling hub for dining and gathering

Kramer Dining Center serves as a community center with renovated and new spaces that provide state-of-the-art food preparation, dining, classroom spaces, a food prep teaching lab, coffee shop, convenience store, and socialization places.

Dining options are located on two floors and include mezzanine dining, a connecting bridge, a “grab-and-go” venue, and outdoor dining. Food is prepared from scratch and many venue options are available with food ordered and prepared in front of students.

Kansas State University landed in The Princeton Review’s top 20 college food programs nationwide, ranking #8 in its 2023 issue. Students appreciate the access they have to fresh meals made from scratch on-site at Kramer.

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