K-State Bulk Solids Innovation Center

607 N Front St.
Salina, KS 67401


Contact: Dr. Kurt Barnhart

K-State Salina Associate Dean for Research


(785) 826-2972

Bulk Solids Innovation Center

The nearly 13,000-square-foot facility, which will be located in Salina, Kan., and used to study and develop the understanding of bulk solids materials handling, in turn enhancing the businesses that use these materials or manufacture the systems that convey, store and dispense them. This university-level research center is the only one of its kind in North American. K-State will be the key tenant in the center, along with two local companies, Vortex Valves and Coperion K-Tron. The primary partners in this endeavor are Kansas State University, the Salina Chamber of Commerce, Salina Economic Development Corporation, U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, State of Kansas, City of Salina and several private companies. The expected completion date is 2015.


Bulk solids make up more than 80 percent of items transported around the world, yet formal education and research about the science of these materials is not completely understood. How they transport and how they behave during processing require more examination. The Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center will be a valued resource to companies that design and utilize systems for bulk solids. The center will be used to study and gain understanding of how to handle these materials, and in turn, will enhance efficiency and productiveness in those businesses’ operations. 

Bulk Solids Innovation Center

A rendering of the proposed Bulk Solids Innovation Center


Salina-based firm Jones Gillam Renz Architects Inc. has been selected as the designer of the K-State Bulk Solids Innovation Center. Jones Gillam Renz has completed a variety of projects in this community, working closely with each client to formulate, develop, explore, analyze and critique each detail of the design and building process. They pride themselves on integrating current technology and tools into their performance, such as computer modeling, design and drafting.