Ripon College announced plans to move forward with a $35 million strategic infrastructure plan, which will include the renovation and expansion of the Farr Science Center and a new on-campus stadium. Kahler Slater is partnered with The Boldt Company to deliver both projects for campus.
Farr Science Center
With an increase in students pursuing degrees in STEM-related fields, Ripon College understood they needed to enhance their facilities to provide a more advanced and contemporary learning environment in order to serve current students and attract future students. Their existing Science Center was originally built in the 1960’s and has not had a significant renovation in over 30 years. Leadership engaged Kahler Slater to program and design a 68,500 square foot renovation and expansion to the Science Center to meet the increased demand, as well as reflect the latest pedagogy and curricula in science and STEM programs. Scheduled to be completed in Fall 2024, the building will showcase new state-of-the-art laboratories, enhanced active learning classrooms, and collaboration and gathering spaces.
Red Hawks Stadium
Ripon College engaged Kahler Slater and The Boldt Company to design a new campus outdoor stadium for their Red Hawks Athletics. Currently, their stadium is located a half-mile from campus and shared with the local high school for outdoor athletic events. Looking to enhance the student-athlete experience and improve the vibrancy of campus life, the new stadium will be located in a currently underutilized area, adjacent to the new Willmore Center which serves as the main health and wellness facility on campus. The new 157,000 square foot facility will house Ripon’s football and men's and women's soccer teams, as well as serve the entire student body and local community with intramural offerings, concerts, and student life events. The stadium is estimated to open in Fall 2023.