Wichita State University
Rhatigan Student Center
The existing Rhatigan Student Center on the campus of Wichita State University is a combination of an original facility built in 1959 and an addition constructed in 1969. The existing facility is predominantly masonry and pre-cast concrete with very enclosed and confined interior spaces with little visibility between interior spaces and the exterior and little open programming space within.
In support of local Wichita architectural firm Howard and Helmer Architects, MHTN brought its project visioning, cost estimating, student union programming, and student union design expertise to focus on developing the Rhatigan project into one of the premier student union facilities in the nation. Through our programming and cost estimating efforts we were able to increase the project scope to include additional square footage that will take the Rhatigan design to levels appropriate for the growing campus population. Extensive use of natural light, open and visible interior spaces, and visual and physical connections - including floor to floor connections achieved by removing portions of the existing elevated floor plates – were key elements of the design. Increases in program area for the Student Activities Council, the Center for Student Leadership, the Student Government Association, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs were achieved by a design that created a student suite which encourages collaboration and cooperation between these student groups.