Architecture students build structure at KU

Chloe Lockman, Kansas City, Kan., was one of the third-year architecture students at the University of Kansas who participated in a design-build project at KU Field Station.

The structure, a timber canopy supported by rammed-earth walls, extends over a sunny patio at the Field Station’s Armitage Education Center, a space used by many KU groups and other visitors.

The new structure is the latest project in an ongoing partnership between the Kansas Biological Survey, which manages the Field Station, and the School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

“People might be surprised to know how many KU groups come to the Armitage Center for retreats and meetings,” said Scott Campbell, an aquatic ecologist and outreach director for the Biological Survey. “This structure opens the patio to more extensive use for group planning, workshops and meals. There’s more and more evidence that time spent in nature helps us think better, and this canopy means more outdoor time during these events.”

The Biological Survey asked Chad Kraus, assistant professor of architecture, and the students enrolled in the spring 2014 section of ARCH409, known as the Dirt Works Studio, to design and build a canopy.

The structure is composed of a series of five rammed-earth walls that support the 19-by-25-foot timber canopy. There are two raised timber decks, one of which serves as a speaking platform and informal seating area. The second is a viewing platform where staff and visitors may take in the setting sun.

Kraus said the students’ design was inspired by the restored tallgrass prairie area adjacent to the Armitage Center and the landscape beyond.

The project was built on a budget of $5,000, including $3,000 in funding from the Friends of the KU Field Station and $2,000 from the architecture school. The students also received in-kind donations and discounts from several area companies.

Overnight lane closures scheduled on I-70 next week

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Eastbound and westbound I-70 from 18th Street to the Kansas-Missouri state line in Wyandotte County will have overnight lane and ramp closures for resurfacing and pavement marking work beginning at 7 p.m. the week of May 12-17.

The lane closures will reopen to all traffic at 6 a.m. the following morning.

From Monday, May 12, to Tuesday, May 13, westbound I-70 and westbound I-670 will be reduced to one open lane from the Kansas-Missouri state line to 18th Street.

From Tuesday, May 13, to Wednesday, May 14, eastbound and westbound I-70 will be reduced to one open lane from 18th Street to the Kansas-Missouri state line. Eastbound I-70 will be completely closed and detoured via I-670 for approximately two hours for paving work.

From Wednesday, May 14, through Thursday, May 15, eastbound I-70 will be reduced to one open lane from 18th Street to James Street.

From Thursday, May 15, to Friday, May 16, eastbound I-70 will be reduced to one open lane from the Kansas-Missouri state line to 18th Street and there will be varying short-term ramp closures.

From Friday, May 16, to Saturday, May 17, eastbound and westbound I-70 will be reduced to one open lane from the Kansas-Missouri state line to 18th Street. Eastbound I-70 will be completely closed and detoured via I-670 for about two hours for sealing and sawing work.

Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via signage and cones. There may be one or two lanes closed and varying ramp closures on I-70 during the overnight closures that are scheduled to take place between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. As well, there will be some daytime lane closures as needed.

Updated daily traffic information for this project and for all of the Kansas City metro area can be viewed online, 24/7 round the clock at:

The Kansas Department of Transportation urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and slow down when approaching and driving through the project work zone.

This resurfacing and pavement marking project is resuming work after the 2013 winter shutdown period. Overall project work is scheduled to be completed in June 2014.

Community calendar

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Sign up for library’s reading program
The Kansas City, Kan., Public Library’s summer reading program has started signing up readers. The program runs from June 1 to July 31. Participate at any of the five library branches. After signing up, participants may start logging books on June 1. For more information, visit the website at

Informational meeting planned on downtown healthy campus
An informational meeting on the new healthy campus is planned from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 8 at the Commission Chambers, lobby level, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.  The downtown healthy campus will be at 10th and State, and plans are to have a grocery store and community center. The Unified Government is seeking opinions from the community about plans for the project, including opinions about green space and housing options.

Topic of seminar to be ‘Understanding Grief’
A seminar on “Understanding Grief” will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Rosedale Development Association, 1401 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Kan. The seminar will be presented by Stella Ruiz of Crossroads Hospice. She will discuss reactions to loss, what grief is and how different people respond to it.

Program covers post-harvest handling
A program for gardeners and those who raise food on “Post-Harvest Handling” will take place on May 12 in Kansas City, Kan. The program is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension. For more information, visit

Support group to meet May 12
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Kansas City, Kan., Support and Education group, will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 12, at Trinity Community Church 5010 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.  The program topic is bipolar disorders.  The group is for consumers and families. For more information, call Gerald Ulrich at 913-299-8490.

Book club to meet
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will serve as host of a monthly book club for women that meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. The book for May 13 is “The Bird Sisters” by Rebecca Rasmussen. Call 913-906-8990 to register. A limited number of books are available for participants.

Programs for women offered in Spanish
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., offers programs for Spanish-speaking women: Grupo de mujeres, dirigido por Mary Ellen Rodriguez y Ana Maria Sauer:10-11 a.m. Los martes,  13, y 20 de mayo. Grupo de salud emocional de la mujer, ofrecido por MOCSA, los martes, 1-2:30 p.m. Para registrarse contacte a Carol Vicuna, Llame 816-285-1328. Compartiendo nuestras vidas: Grupo de discusión para mujeres, dirigido por Teresa Kerbawy, lunes, 12 de mayo, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Women’s Chamber to meet May 14
The Kansas City, Kan., Women’s Chamber of Commerce will meet from 11:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 14, at Dave and Buster’s, Village West at The Legends Outlets. The program is “Damsel in Defense,” and Mary Riesberger will speak about equipping women with tools to keep them safe and give them confidence. Cost of the program is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Reservations are required by emailing Barbara Newby at or calling 913-485-1208.

Program offered on discipline
“Discipline without Screaming or Scolding,” part 2, will be presented from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. To register for the free class, call 913-906-8990. Also call to request child care; only a limited number of spaces are available for child care.

Armourdale group to meet May 15
The Armourdale community meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Armourdale Renewal Recreation Center, 730 Osage Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Deputy Chief Terry Ziegler will present a safety program, and there will be a summer recreation planning topic on the agenda. Free refreshments will be served.

UG Commission to meet May 15
The Unified Government Commission will meet at 7 p.m. May 15 at the Commission Chambers, City Hall, 701 N. 7th, Kansas City, Kan.  An agenda may be posted online at

Croquet tourney scheduled May 16
The fifth Downtown KCK Cork House croquet tournament will be held at 4 p.m. May 16 at 509 N. 6th St.  The tourney could be held on the City Vision Champion Lawn and another course could be added to the south near St. Mary’s Church. The cost of the tournament is $10, including food and drinks. For more information, call 913-371-1944.

Democratic breakfast to be May 17
The Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast will be May 17 at the Eisenhower Room in the Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Ave. Breakfast is at 8:15 a.m.; the program starts at 9:15. Speakers will be State Sen. David Haley and State Reps. Kathy Wolfe Moore and Tom Burroughs. A precinct and campaign training workshop, led by Kansas Democratic Party political director Kerry Gooch,  will take place immediately after the breakfast forum.

Free bike rodeo May 17 to provide bike helmets for kids
The free KCK Kiwanis West Bike Rodeo returns Saturday, May 17, to the Schlitterbahn Waterpark, 9400 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Elementary-aged kids will have the opportunity to learn tips on cycling safety, participate in interactive activities that promote health and safety and to sneak a peek at attractions at Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark at the eighth annual bike event. Hours are from 9 a.m. to noon May 17. The event sponsors plan to distribute up to 300 free bike safety helmets and T-shirts to participants. Activities will take place in the parking lot and entrance area of Schlitterbahn, and a large turnout is anticipated. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Kids are encouraged to bring their bicycles. Helmets will be fitted, bikes will be inspected for safety, and kids may visit bike riding stations to earn a safety certificate. Those with questions on the day of the event may call 816-751-4227.

Time management class offered
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Avenue, KCK, will present a workshop, “Time Management for Women,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, May 19, presented by Chiquita Miller of K-State Extension. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

African-American Art Festival planned Aug. 9
The MoKan African-American Art Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Quindaro Park, 35th and Sewell, Kansas City, Kan. Those attending the free event may bring a blanket, enjoy artwork, stilt walkers Gullah basket weathers, African drummers and dancers, food and vendors. For more information about having an art exhibit there or being a vendor, contact 913-788-7330.