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Options for Docking State Office Building released

Jan 21, 2020

Docking OptionsFor Immediate Release:

January 21, 2020

Samir Arif


Options for Docking State Office Building released

The Kansas Department of Administration today released a report to the Senate Ways and Means Committee detailing options for the future of the Docking State Office Building, located at 915 SW Harrison St. in Topeka.

Prepared in accordance with a Fiscal Year 2020 legislative budget proviso, the Lawrence-based architectural firm Clark Huesemann presented two rehabilitation options developed as part of a nearly five-month-long feasibility study. One option describes the rehabilitation of the 62-year-old building in its entirety while the second option reduces Docking to three floors with an additional three floors built on top as part of new construction.

Each option also examined the possible inclusion of labs for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). KDHE is evaluating potential solutions for replacing aging medical labs currently housed at Forbes Field. If attached to a Docking renovation project, two floors would be dedicated to KDHE labs.

“Today’s report gives the Legislature a starting point for an in-depth discussion on how the Docking building can best benefit the citizens of Kansas into the future,” Secretary of Administration DeAngela Burns-Wallace said.

The feasibility study eliminated the possibility of demolishing Docking as a practical option because the facility currently houses the central power plant that serves the Capitol complex. The rehabilitation of Docking also would help state agencies solve space issues, including providing much needed flexible conference/training space that could be shared among state entities, according to the report.

A recent Department of Administration space assessment showed that nearly one third of state agencies are split between multiple physical locations within Topeka. The Docking report cites the ability to centralize and consolidate separated agencies as a means to capitalize efficiencies while aiding agencies in meeting their recruitment and retention goals.

Both options call for equipment and energy improvements to the central power plant, as well as bringing the structure into compliance with current fire, life safety, energy and accessibility codes, and constructing a pedestrian bridge across 10th Avenue.

Plans for Option A, estimated to cost $114,142,834, would take approximately three years and would abate all hazardous materials, clean the exterior envelope, replace the exterior curtain wall, install new roofs, insulate non-window walls and gut the interior for new office space all while maintaining, cleaning and restoring the historic elements and preserving a key historic resource for the state.

Plans for Option A+, estimated to cost $154,556,516, would include everything listed in Option A while also incorporating a state-of-the-art medical lab for KDHE.

Plans for Option B, estimated to cost $100,306,092, would take seven months longer to complete than Option A. Under this option, the upper floors would be dismantled, leaving three floors of the original structure, and construct another three floors on top, increasing floor-to-floor heights and column-free square footage. This option also abates all hazardous materials, cleans the exterior envelope, replaces the exterior curtain wall, installs new roofs, insulates non-window walls and guts the interior for new office space. Under this option, the building would reuse and restore key historical elements while incorporating them into the new design and documents the entire building according to standards set by the State Historical Society prior to demolition.

Plans for Option B+, estimated to cost $139,504,097, would include everything in Option B while also incorporating a state-of-the-art medical lab for KDHE.

All options include new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems that ensure a comfortable, effective and efficient place to work. These upgrades to the building’s infrastructure would significantly improve energy performance. The renovated building is anticipated to rank among the top 3% of energy efficient buildings located within the Topeka area.

A copy of the feasibility report is available on the Department of Administration’s website.
A copy of the presentation to the Senate Ways and Means Committee also is available on the website.