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Kansas State University - Manhattan, Kansas
5,000 Square Feet
The Konza Prairie Biological research station is an internationally recognized grassland research facility, and is jointly owned by the Nature Conservatory and Kansas State University.  Located on a 3,500 hectacre tallgrass prairie preserve, the station has been in operation since 1971.  The barn renovation was a portion of Phase III of the long-term development plan for the station. One of several original limestone structures built c. 1911 as part of the Dewey Ranch, the 5,000 square foot barn was converted to serve as a research facility for scientific meetings, workshops, and public education programs that attract more than 5,000 scientists and students to the Konza annually.
Historic preservation, daylighting, and sustainability were forefront goals in converting the structure to 21st century standards, while maintaining visual access to much of the original wood structure and stonework.  The readaptation was brought into compliance with contemporary building and energy codes.