Flint Hills Discovery Center

Cultural Case Study
Manhattan’s Flint Hills Discovery Center inspires people to celebrate, explore and care for the Flint Hills, a historic band of hills in eastern Kansas created approximately 250 million years ago. The project includes site development for the facility as well as an outdoor park and exhibit areas.

Client

City of Manhattan

Processes

Safety
Preconstruction
Collaborative Delivery
Building Information Modeling

City

Manhattan, KS

Recognitions

LEED Gold

Associated General Contractors of America Project of the Year, Finalist

The iconic building includes a lobby, museum store, cafe, core exhibit areas, flexible temporary exhibit areas, an immersive 4d theater, community rooms and exhibit support areas.

The facility’s cylindrical glass tower includes a glass elevator, which transports the guests to the observation mezzanine providing a 360-degree view of the prairie and the City of Manhattan.

Verner Johnson, Inc., BBN Architects, McCownGordon, Manhattan, KS
Verner Johnson, Inc., BBN Architects, McCownGordon, Manhattan, KS