the vanier football complex topping out ceremony

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The Vanier Football Complex in Manhattan, Kansas on March 26, 2015.

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Construction workers watch the topping out ceremony on March 26, 2015.

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K-State’s head coach Bill Snyder signs the top beam on March 26, 2015.

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Construction workers attach the final beams on March 26, 2015.

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Construction workers attach the final beams on March 26, 2015.

K-State Athletics held a topping out ceremony for the new Vanier Football Complex at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on March 26, 2015.

The event signaled the completion of the structural steel frame of the building. Now, construction crews can begin work on the interior and the exterior finishes.

The facility will be 132,000 square feet of space for student-athletes and coaches.

A strength and conditioning center will feature new exercise equipment and a plyometric ramp in addition to new sports medicine and hydrotherapy pools.

A team theater, a centrally located locker room, lounge spaces and meeting rooms will be added to the new facility. The entire top floor will be dedicated to the football program including a private balcony outside of the coaches’ offices.

K-State’s student-athletes can study in the new Academic Learning Center.

The new Vanier Complex will improve the game day experience for fans seated in the north end zone with better sightlines and direct stadium access. A four-story atrium will offer a memorable first impression and be accessible from all levels.

The facility was designed by Populous and built by Mortenson and GE Johnson Construction. It cost $65 million and will be completed before the 2015-16 season.

-scott weaver

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