It's an exciting time to be part of Shocker Nation! Our campus has experienced explosive grownth in the past few years, with the campus footprint nearly doubling in size. To give you a sense of the pace of change on our campus, here's a timeline of the physical transformation of WSU since 2014.
(Major building/facility openings in bold)
- Shocker Hall, a $65 million student housing complex opens near the center of campus.
- Koch Global Trading Center opens inside Clinton Hall.
- Multi-million-dollar renovation of Rhatigan Student Center completed.
- Braeburn Golf Course closed to make way for development.
- Wheatshocker Apartments razed to make way for the Experiential Engineering Building.
- Kansas Family Business Forum (KFBF) Innovation Hub opens in Devlin Hall.
- Koch Industries and the Fred & Mary Koch Foundation give $3.75 million for a community makerspace in Experiential Engineering Building. The makerspace would eventually be named GoCreate, a Koch collaborative.
- Airbus announces plans to relocate its Wichita engineering center to a new 90,000-square-foot building on campus.
- WSU announces plans for a major commitment to downtown Wichita with the creation of WSU Old Town, a complex of community-focused facilities.
- Plans announced for Braeburn Square, a 20-acre mixed-use development with restaurants, shops and lodging.
- A four-bay Food Truck Plaza opens near the National Institute for Aviation Research on WSU's main campus.
- Plans announced for The Flats at WSU, a 112-unit student housing apartment complex.
- Plans announced for a $9.5 million Law Enforcement Training Center in partnership with the city of Wichita and Sedgwick County. The facility would house WSU's Criminal Justice program.
- Experiential Engineering Building (Now John Bardo Center) opens.
- Airbus Americas Engineering holds a grand opening its new facility.
- Dassault Systemes holds a ribbon-cutting for its 3DExperience Center inside the Experiential Engineering Building (Now John Bardo Center).
- GoCreate makerspace holds its grand opening.
- WSU and Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) receive the final approval needed to form an affiliation. WATC announces plans to change their name to WSU Tech.
- Shocker Studios, a state-of-the-art professional production space, opens in south Wichita.
- WSU's first parking garage opens near the Rhatigan Student Center.
- YMCA and Wichita State announce partnership for a new student wellness center and fitness facility on campus.
- A free-standing Starbucks opens. First building in Braeburn Square development.
- The Flats at WSU opens.
- The Law Enforcement Training Center opens.
- Partnership Building 2 opens with Spirit AeroSystems and FirePoint Innovations Center as major tenants.
- The original Pizza Hut building is relocated and reopened as the Pizza Hut Museum.
- Plans for Woolsey Hall, a new home for the Barton School of Business, are announced.
- WSU Tech announces plans to move its Southside Center to East Harry, joining Shocker Studios and WSU South at that facility.
- Wonder, an independent experiential learning school, opens.
- WSU Haysville satellite location opens.
- WSU Bookstore opens a satellite location in Braeburn Square development.
- National Institute for Aviation Research's Advanced Virtual Engineering and Testing Lab (AVET) building breaks ground.
- The Suites at WSU, a new residence hall near The Flats at WSU, opens.
- Partnership Building 3 breaks ground.
- Hyatt Place hotel breaks ground.
- A $13.8 million Student-Athlete Success Center breaks ground at Cessna Stadium.
- Wesley Healthcare announces a new Urgent Care Center to reside in the new on-campus YMCA
- Fuzzy's Taco Shop opens as the first restaurant tenant in Braeburn Square.
- The Experiential Engineering Building is renamed the John Bardo Center in honor of the late WSU president.
- YMCA announces that the name of its WSU location will be the Steve Clark YMCA and Student Wellness Center.
- Journey Asian Grill is announced as the second restaurant tenant in Braeburn Square.
- Fortune 500 company NetApp announced it was exploring the relocation of its Wichita operations to WSU's Innovation Campus.
- Journey Asian Grill opens for business.
- National Institute for Aviation Research's Advanced Virtual Engineering and Testing Lab (AVET) opens.
- The Steve Clark YMCA and Student Wellness Center opens.
- Phase V upgrades to Eck Stadium, including a 10,000-square-foot locker, classroom and fitness facility, are unveiled.
- WSU Board of Trustees approves next step to create the National Institute for Research and Digital Transformation on the Innovation Campus as part of its new convergence sciences initiative
- $13.8 million Student-Athlete Success Center opens adjacent to Koch Arena and Cessna Stadium.
- Woolsey Hall, the new home for the Barton School of Business, breaks ground on the Innovation Campus.
- The 60,000-square-foot Partnership Building 7, which will be home to Deloitte's The Smart Factory @ Wichita, breaks ground.
- Hyatt Place at Wichita State University opens for business on the Innovation Campus.
- Fortune 500 company NetApp breaks ground on it's new 168,000-square-foot Wichita headquarters.
- To aid in the war against COVID-19, Wichita State opens the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory on South Oliver Street. The MDL which has partnered with more than 500 testing locations in and around Sedgwick County.
- Social Tap and Creative Kitchen is announced as the third restautant in the Braeburn Square development