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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Renovations at Washburn University are designed to create a new "front door" for the school in Topeka.

The $17 million project has begun at Margaret Mulvane Morgan Memorial Hall, which houses offices such as financial aid, admissions and business offices.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1cnRpRo ) workers are removing a tower and clock faces that have become landmarks on the university's campus. Demolition is set to start next week at the hall's northwest corner.

Richard Liedtke, who is managing the renovation project, said the project is expected to be completed next year in time for Washburn's 150th birthday. Besides creating a newer first impression of the school, the renovation will consolidate administrative functions into a one-stop shop for students.

Donations and university reserves will finance the project.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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