Robert B. Docking State Office Building originally named the "Kansas State Office Building" is located at 915 SW Harrison St in Topeka, KS. It was built in 1954-1957 and renovated over the years. See the timeline below for more information and photos.
Designed by state architect John A. Brown as the1st public building in Kansas constructed in the Modern Movement style
Originally named the "Kansas State Office Building"
Governor Edward Arn declares the new building reflects “our great state’s growth and progress”
Construction completed for an estimated $9 million
Building opens as the Kansas State Office Building with 95% occupancy for 2,600 state employees.
Building contains 532,592 gross square feet with over 366,000 square feet of office space
Minor interior renovations completed
Building renamed as the Robert B. Docking Building
Department of Administration announces the building needs to be “extensively refurbished.”
Upper floors are gradually vacated
Basement & Sub-basement upgrades to the Central Utility Plant
Kansas legislature passes bill to raze the Docking Building
Feasibility study conducted for options ranging from historic rehabilitation to reconstruction.
Kansas legislature passes bill for partial demolition and reconstruction of a new 3-story structure.