Gloria Klinefelter Plamann left the college a substantial sum of money to help restore the old Swiss style dairy barn which was completed in September of 2012. Knowing the importance of the barn to the Klinefelters, the structure of the barn was saved. The foundation was repaired and extended, a new exterior constructed, and the interior materials retained after being cleaned and supported. The original sliding barn doors on the west have been retained, though they are now immobile. A new concrete floor was installed, in addition to restrooms and a small kitchen area. The eastern wall has been opened with the installation of glass doors and windows that look out over a new balcony and bleacher area.
Her bequest and farm income paid for a complete renovation of the structure which is now used as a conference center and accommodates classes, seminars, workshops, and events related to education, agriculture and the concept of sustainability. Our Conference Center Usage Policies list all the seating capacities in different areas along with technical accommodations, catering information, and fee schedules. Although we receive many requests to rent the barn for private parties and events, we do not feel that complies with John Klinefelter’s intentions for use of the farm.
River Bluff Architects, the architectural firm that designed the renovation of the Barn, was the recipient of the American Institute of Architects, Kansas City, 2012 Design Hero Award, an award that recognizes a client who values good design, understands the importance of supporting the architecture profession, and realizes the positive impact it has on a business and a community.