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Washburn University Law School

Creating an efficient new home for a nationally recognized law school, designed for the new era of legal education

  • 65K

    Square Feet

  • $32M

    Project Value

  • Topeka, Kansas

    Topeka, Kansas

Smart programming combined with sensitive contextual design to create a flexible new law school building

Established in 1903, Washburn University Law School is highly ranked and known for the consistent excellence of its graduates. In fall of 2019, Washburn hired our team to design a new law building that will respond to changes in legal education. A programming study defined a mix of efficient, multi-functional spaces that will address both current and future needs in a smaller footprint than the existing law building.

Keeping the context of the campus in mind, the new building was designed for flexibility. Courtrooms will double as lecture classrooms, a large classroom is divisible and reconfigurable, and the smaller classrooms have a variety of possible arrangements. All meeting spaces are available for seminar classes and group study use. The law library will hold 50,000 volumes in space-saving mobile shelving and feature expanded study space and the Centers for Excellence will share a suite designed to accommodate future programming changes without physical reconfiguration.

With the project expected to reach completion in 2022, the new Washburn Law building will bring increased prominence, functionality, and flexibility to a great school. In addition to providing for current needs, the design will allow future change and growth to be gracefully accommodated, ensuring an elegant long-term home for the Washburn Law School.

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Kelly VanElders, Principal, Senior Landscape Architect

Design influences every aspect of how a community connects people with the natural and built environment.
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Kelly VanElders

Principal, Senior Landscape Architect

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