Speaker Profile: James E. Modig

James E. Modig
University Architect

Jim Modig is the Retired University Architect at the University of Kansas, Business and Financial Planning and a licensed architect in the State of Kansas. Forty one of his 47 plus year career have been at the University of Kansas working with facilities planning, site development, project design and construction management. He has been Director of Design and Construction Management for 30 years and in 2011 was given the title of University Architect. His responsibilities cover the main campus in Lawrence, Kansas, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas and the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Yoder, Kansas consisting of over 1,000 acres and over 11 million square feet of facilities. He was involved in two separate programs to address deferred maintenance and initiated two major energy performance contracts to reduce the University’s energy consumption. He collaborated in the introduction of legislation to assist the University in streamlining project processes and created cost savings from the efficiencies. He has collaborated with the Kansas Associated General Contractors, American Institute of Architects and American Council of Engineering Companies to amend existing statutes and draft legislation. Jim worked with Board of Regents to develop policy and template contracts allowing the Regents institutions to utilize the new statute and project processes. The University has experienced over 3.8 million square feet of growth in the last 30 years and over $1.6 billion in major construction projects. January 2015 he was named one of the Men of Merit for 2014-2015 at the University of Kansas.
The most recent accomplishment was completed in May 2018, a $350M public, private partnership (P3) project encompassing 45 acres, KU Central District Development Project.