NOTE: This is a complex, challenging, and fluid situation which continues to evolve rapidly. All information on these pages is subject to change as deemed necessary by University leadership in accordance with guidance and recommendations issued by federal, state, and local public health and government officials.

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Guidance for Contractors and On-Call Consultants

Wichita State University - COVID-19 response - Contractors and On-Call Consultants Status

March 22, 2020 -- Wichita State University has received notice that the State of Kansas Office of Facilities and Property Management (OFPM) will be closed through April 6, 2020. During this period, there will be no outgoing communication from OFPM, no plan and code reviews, and no inspections. During this two-week period, if there is a required code inspection, the Contractor will be advised to submit photographs or video to the Inspector of any activity that occurs during that period. All OFPM response will occur after April 6. As soon as possible, please advise as to what, if any, impact (including potential anticipated delays and contract extensions needed) the closure of the OFPM office will have on any project you are working on for the University.

In addition, Wichita State University has made the difficult decision to limit classes to online and/or remote instruction through the end of the semester. We will not be resuming in-person classes this semester. At this time, WSU remains operational, the majority of WSU employees are working remotely, and only limited WSU facilities remain open. All WSU Facilities Planning staff are working from home and are available via email, online conferencing, or phone. Project managers will be reaching out to schedule weekly project check-ins via Zoom meeting (online conferencing with dial in phone options). Invoices, pay applications, and change order paperwork should be submitted electronically and it will continue to be processed.

As of this time, if the University campus is shut down, this will NOT necessarily require on-campus construction projects to be shut down. We will evaluate each project on a case-by-case basis depending on facility access, safety and security considerations and will notify you should the need arise to suspend any work.

Please continue to stay apprised of University developments and information on this website as status is rapidly evolving. Please make note of the date of communication that you are reading and make sure it is the most recent available.

Please direct questions or concerns to:

Emily Patterson
Executive Director of Facilities Planning
Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount St., Wichita, KS 67260-0047
Office: 316-978-3030
Cell: 316-841-6141



Campus Events and Services
Will Ablah Library and Rhatigan Student Center remain open?

No. With the Stay at Home Orders from Sedgwick County and the state of Kansas, the library and other buildings on campus will be closed, with offices operating remotely.

How are WSU College of Fine Arts events affected?

The COVID-19 outbreak has led the College of Fine Arts to cancel its remaining events this spring.

How are Wichita State athletics affected?

As of March 16, Wichita State will be suspending all team activities in all sports for the foreseeable future, according to senior associate athletic director Brad Pittman.

The American Athletic Conference announced on March 16 that all athletic competition and championships have been canceled for the remainder of the academic year.

Are any Braeburn Square business open?

The Shocker Store at Braeburn Square is temporarily closed, but the staff is working remotely to assist you. Online ordering (textbooks, Shocker gear, regalia, etc.) through, with free shipping on orders over $25 and a curbside pick-up option at the Rhatigan Student Center between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop and Journey East Asia Grill are open.

Will the Steve Clark YMCA remain open?

All Greater Wichita YMCA facilities are now open. Go to for hours and information.