Youngmeyer Ranch research facility recognized for its design and functionality

The American Institute of Architects has recognized the Youngmeyer Ranch building as a recipient of its prestigious Small Projects Award. The low-profile, off-grid facility, located in Elk County and owned by the Youngmeyer Trust, opened in the summer of 2022 and was immediately put to use by Wichita State faculty and students for applied learning and applied research opportunities.

“Our goal was to construct a facility that would support the teaching and research of field biology,” Greg Houseman, professor of biological sciences and field station director, said. “For many of our students, these field experiences are pivotal to understanding how prairies work and discovering the best ways to manage these at-risk habitats.”