Murray State University

615 Gilbert Graves Drive

Somerset, KY 42071

Contact: Kim Oatman, P.E.

Ph: 270.762.6979

Building Data:

Existing Building Area: 28,530 S.F.

Area after Addition/Renovation:  31,734 S.F.

Construction Cost: $400,000

Project Status: Complete

Murray State University has been updating all its buildings, allowing them to have a more traditional façade/architectural style.


Winslow Cafeteria, built in the early 1960’s, was not coherent with this traditional style. Clotfelter/Samokar was originally hired to update the façade of Winslow Cafeteria. However, upon investigating the building for renovation, it was discovered that it had no lateral force resisting system. In the course of design, Clotfelter/Samokar also included a seismic upgrade to bring the building up to code.


This project also included a proportion study to determine the height of the columns. Most of the construction was accomplished over the summer, allowing returning students to utilize their cafeteria in the fall.