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Bill Snyder Family Stadium’s west side expansion complete for opening day

Phase II of the Bill Snyder Stadium Master Plan on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kansas was completed ahead of schedule, a full week before the defending Big 12 Champion Wildcats took on two-time defending FCS National Champion North Dakota State, before a Fox Sports One National television audience on 30 August in the first game of the season.

K-State’s Athletics Director, John Currie said:

We’ve sold a record number of season tickets. We’ll have the most fans ever to come to the stadium this season, about 400,000, and set the all-time attendance record. We appreciate our partners Mortenson and GE Johnson and the great job they’ve done for our fans.

Mortenson Construction and joint-venture partner GE Johnson Construction were responsible for this largest project in K-State Athletics history, designed to greatly improve the game-day experience for Kansas State University fans with new amenities, concessions, ADA seating, restrooms, premium seating, improved media and broadcast facilities, a Hall of Fame, plaza improvements, and an enhanced tailgating experience. New field lighting levels meet Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Games and high-definition TV broadcast requirements.

Derek Cunz, Vice President at Mortenson Construction, said:

The Mortenson GE Johnson team put an impressive amount of work in place in an aggressive eight-month time frame. This accomplishment would not have been possible without the seamless collaboration between the design team, construction team, trade partners, University facilities and University athletics.

Cunz also identified some other factors that contributed to the fast-track project:

Selection of Mortenson | GE Johnson as the single CM for the entire project, including FF&E, food service, signage, and furniture.

Early involvement between planning and design.

Focus on interim milestones.

Integration of Virtual Design and Construction into the daily planning.

Prefabrication of many exterior elements, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical.

Mortenson | GE Johnson self-performed the concrete and site work to manage the schedule, safety, and quality from the beginning of the project.


  • Project Statistics
  • 218,000 square feet of new construction
  • 12,000 cubic yards of concrete
  • 78,000 square feet of stone veneer
  • 390 peak workers on site every day during construction
  • 750,000+ craftworker hours worked
  • 1,250 tons of rebar
  • 479 days to build Kansas State’s Northwest Gateway
  • 2,500 tons of structural and misc steel
  • 44 new private suites
  • 37 new loge boxes
  • 713 new club seats
  • 56 bid packages / trade partners


Other team members included: AECOM / HEERY, Henderson Engineers, Olsson Associates, Bigelow Consulting, LeJeune Steel, Torgeson Electric, Central Mechanical, Bamford Fire Protection, Midwest Drywall, Gallegos Stone, Performance Masonry, Griffith Lumber, and Manko Windows.