Picken Hall renovation donors thanked for generous contributions

Donations totaling $240,000 have been received in the last year toward the renovation of Fort Hays State University's Picken Hall, according to the FHSU Foundation.

Those who have donated to the renovation project are:

Rex and Marjory Curtis; Bill and Carolyn Miller; Paul and Tina Simpson; Verlin and Elaine Pfannestiel; Jeff and Connie Curtis; Earl Carlson; Ed and Donna Stehno; Joseph Glassman; Tim and Sandee Werth; Bank of Hays; Insurance Planning and Brungardt, Hower, Ward, Elliott and Pfeifer LC.

"Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to those donors whose investments will help ensure the longevity of the university's most recognizable building," said Tim Chapman, president and CEO of the Foundation. "There are a lot of emotional ties to Picken Hall. Every student who attended FHSU walked the halls of Picken, and this project gives our alumni and friends an opportunity to be part of the future."

Once renovation is complete, Picken Hall will house the offices of registrar, admissions, financial assistance, academic advising, student fiscal service, the Kelley Center and the graduate school. "The services that will be available there will transform it into a one-stop student service center for students on campus and prospective students," said Chapman.

Chapman said that contributions at certain levels will allow donors to receive a 50-percent Kansas tax credit. More than $740,000 in tax credits is currently available in 2009 for the Picken Hall project, he said. Naming opportunities are also available within the building, including office suites, individual offices, conference rooms and lobby areas.

Demolition on the interior of Picken Hall began this year. Construction is expected to be complete by May 2010. The renovation will also involve reconfigured office spaces on all three floors. The heating, cooling, electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems will all be updated and asbestos removed from ceilings and wall paneling.

One of the most noticeable changes will be the addition of a center section to the east side, a two-and-a-half-story atrium and central entrance, which the building now lacks.

Inside, the entrance will serve as a gathering space and a place to welcome visitors. The west side, which features the portico and columns, will be reconfigured with doors to allow for entry into the building from the portico.

Picken Hall was constructed in 1904 from limestone quarried from the university land. The north and south wings were added in 1908. During its 100-year lifespan, Picken has undergone only one other complete renovation, in 1960.

For more information on donating to the Picken Hall renovation or details on the tax credit program, or for a list of naming opportunities, contact the FHSU Foundation at (785) 628-5620.

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