The Office of the University Architect at Kent State has been really good about sharing information about University construction projects and since so many of them are going on at the Kent campus I thought it was worth sharing them here as well. With the overall economic conditions a bit uncertain these days it’s great to see the University continue to reinvest in Kent. Besides keeping Kent State looking good and competitive for years to come keep in mind that all these construction contracts also bring in lots of new workers to Kent to do all that hammering, sawing, and carpeting and while they’re here the City will get its share (2%) of their wages for local income taxes. Kent State University is already the largest income tax payer in Kent but that doesn’t even take into consideration all the construction contractors that Kent State delivers to us each year.
UPDATE ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
Across Kent State’s eight campuses, here are the major facility and infrastructure improvements administered by the Office of the University Architect:
PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION :
ASB RENOVATIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT
The second floor of the Administrative Services Building is being renovated for the Development offices. Administrators’ and officers’ offices, a reception area and clerical space, a meeting room, restrooms and a break room are being built. HVAC, electrical, power and data systems are being modified. The newly-created space will also be painted and carpeted. Additional parking spaces are being added as well. Installation of metal stud and drywall is complete, as are plumbing, fire protection and electrical rough-ins. Sheet metal installation is at the halfway point, as is work on the new parking lot.
ASHTABULA HEALTH AND SCIENCE BUILDING
A new, two story, 55,000 sf Health and Science Building is being built at Ashtabula Campus. The new facility will house the Nursing program, Occupational Therapy, Radiation Technology, science laboratories, general classrooms and offices. A new student parking lot will also be added at the west end of campus to accommodate the new building. Work commenced mid-January and construction continues through May 2009. Foundation work and the base for the parking lot have been completed. Masonry walls are being installed, site utility work is underway, and structural steel is in progress. By December, it is expected that the building will be enclosed so that interior work can resume while being protected from the weather.
CENTENNIAL RESEARCH PARK , PHASE 1
The former bus garage and vehicle maintenance facility is being converted into a research park. Centennial Research Park will provide space and support for specialized companies to thrive and grow near the university and its other partners. During this first phase, lab space is being constructed to be used by the anchor tenant, FLEXMatters Accelerator, and also approximately 5,000 square feet of additional tenant spaces is being built to be marketed by the university. Construction should be completed next month.
KENT CAMPUS WAYFINDING SIGNAGE REPLACEMENT
The existing wayfinding signs around the Kent Campus are being repaired and/or replaced. Additional wayfinding signs for campus visitors will also be installed. Building identification signs for the Student Center, Library, KIVA, Williams Hall, MAC Center, and Gym Annex will also be installed. Work continues through fall.
LIBRARY STONE REPLACEMENT
The exterior, lower stone sill of the third floor of the Library was removed and replaced with a cast concrete unit to match the existing stone on the building. Tuck pointing is in progress.
LINCOLN AND EAST MAIN STREETS GATEWAY
The Prentice Arch is being reconstructed and a gateway sign installed at the corner of Lincoln and East Main Streets. Construction continues through the end of October due to slow fabrication and delivery schedule for the new architectural limestone which is being sculpted to match the original limestone.
MERRILL HALL CENTRAL CHILLED WATER SYSTEM UPGRADES
Merrill Hall’s central chilled water system will be upgraded to address issues associated with distribution to the district system. New, secondary chilled water pumps will be connected to Merrill and piping configurations will be changed within Merrill and Lowry. New VFD for primary chilled water pumps and new secondary pumps will be added to the mechanical room. The existing central distribution piping between Merrill and Lowry halls will be modified to connect with the Oscar Ritchie Hall loop. Shop drawings are being processed; construction will commence mid-November and should be completed prior to the 2009 cooling season.
MUSIC AND SPEECH CENTER RENOVATIONS AND ADDITIONS – ROE GREEN CENTER
The Music and Speech Center will be renovated and additions will be built to address space and program needs for the School of Theatre and Dance. One addition will provide a new lobby and black box experimental theatre on the Theatre Drive face of the building; this will also provide an enhanced entry area for students and event patrons. To be constructed on the west side of the building, another addition will provide three new dance studios and support space to relocate the Dance Program out of the Gym Annex. Underground utility relocations and foundation work are well underway. Within the next several weeks, the structural steel contract should be awarded. The final bid package will be issued this fall to construct the remainder of this project.
TRUMBULL CAMPUS SIDEWALK AND ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS, PHASE 2
Deteriorating asphalt sidewalks are being replaced with new concrete sidewalks and curbs from the north student parking lot to the north entrance of Trumbull Campus’ Main Hall. Asphalt sidewalks and drives at the northwest corner of Main Hall will be replaced and consolidated and the handicapped parking lot will be repaved.
CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT AWARDS PENDING :
ASHTABULA CAMPUS LIBRARY EXTERIOR MASONRY REPAIRS
Masonry repairs at the Ashtabula Campus Library involve tuck pointing, replacing cracked facebrick, removing of screen wall, replacing lintels and flashing, painting metal doors, lintels and steel, replacing sealant at doors and windows, replacing control joints, and spraying water repellant to masonry. The contract award is pending the release of funds from the Controlling Board.
EAST LIVERPOOL CAMPUS CLASSROOM BUILDING INTERIOR RENOVATIONS
Selected classrooms in the Main Classroom Building of East Liverpool Campus are scheduled to be renovated. Upgrades on the first floor will include new ceiling and lights, new wall and floor finishes, and new mechanical heating and cooling systems. This summer, new carpeting, ceiling tiles, and light fixtures will be installed in the first floor corridor. The combined bid contract award is awaiting release of funds from the Controlling Board. Work will commence during winter break.
EAST LIVERPOOL CAMPUS UPPER STUDENT PARKING LOT EXPANSION AND REPAIRS
At East Liverpool Campus, the existing student parking lot and entrance alley at East 4th Street and Broadway will be milled and repaved. A new parking lot adjacent to this will be installed to the north on the vacant property. Storm drainage will be added on the existing lot and new light poles will be added on the new lot. New concrete curbs, guard rails and steps/railings will also be installed. Contractors’ bids for construction were opened on September 16 and the contract award is pending the release of funds from the Controlling Board.
TUSCARAWAS CAMPUS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
A new, Performing Arts Center will be constructed at the Tuscarawas Campus. This new facility will be located adjacent to the existing Founder’s Hall and will include a 1,100 seat theatre, classrooms for the Art programs, offices, stage and stage support areas. The construction contracts are being processed for final approval by the Ohio Attorney General’s office.
PROJECTS ADVERTISED FOR BIDDING :
DEMOLITION OF SELECTED SMALL GROUP BUILDINGS
Starting this fall, ten former residence halls that comprised Small Group will be demolished. Out of the original, eleven buildings, only Van Campen Hall will remain. Contractors’ bids for the utility relocation, demolition and site grading package will be opened on September 25 .
TERRACE DRIVE HEATING PLANT UNDERGROUND FUEL OIL TANKS CLOSURE
Two underground fuel oil tanks, located west of the former Heating Plant under Terrace Drive, and a roadside parking area will be emptied, cleaned and filled. Associated piping will be cleaned and removed. Contractors’ bids for construction will be opened on October 8. When work commences during winter break, Terrace Drive will be closed to through traffic for a few days.
PROJECTS UNDER DESIGN :
ASHTABULA CAMPUS SPACE PLANNING STUDY
This project involves space and master planning for areas that will be vacated in Ashtabula Campus’ Main Hall and Technology Building as a result of the fall 2009 completion of the new Health and Science Building. Currently, this study is underway and anticipated to be completed in September.
BEALL-McDOWELL BATHROOMS REHABILITATION
Built in 1966, Beall and McDowell Halls comprise the eight-story Twin Towers residence hall complex that houses approximately 500 students. Due to aging infrastructure, this project will rehabilitate the plumbing systems and fixtures in the bathrooms. Architectural finishes, electrical and HVAC work in these areas will also be done. Bidding and construction will be scheduled in two separate packages with work being completed during the university’s summer recesses of 2009 and 2010. Currently, the Office of the University Architect is preparing to interview short-listed firms interested in designing this project.
CE&O FLEET SERVICES ADDITION
An addition to the north end of the existing Campus Environment and Operations’ maintenance shops is being planned. This addition is necessary because Fleet Services needs to vacate its current location at the former bus garage and vehicle maintenance facility to make more space available for potential tenants of Centennial Research Park.
ENERGY CONSERVATION PLANNING
In accordance with House Bill 251, Kent State University will be increasing efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption on all eight campuses. A consulting firm is preparing a 15-year energy conservation master plan necessary to meet the university’s reduction goals, with independent plans for each of the eight campuses. By the end of September, final plans should be ready for submitting to the state as part of the master plan.
GEAUGA CAMPUS PARKING LOT IMPROVEMENTS, PHASE 2
At Geauga Campus, planning and design for improvements to the existing student parking lot are beginning in September. The lot will be milled and paved, storm drainage will be improved and new light poles will be added. New concrete sidewalks and curbs will also be installed. Construction is expected to occur during the summer of 2009.
INFORMATION SERVICES RELOCATION TO LINCOLN BUILDING
Modifications to electrical and data services, partial painting and carpeting refresh will be performed to accommodate the needs of Information Services personnel that will be relocated to the Lincoln Building.
KENT CAMPUS LANDSCAPING AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENHANCEMENTS
An investigation is underway into new, emerging goals with respect to campuswide and site specific landscape enhancement needs. The Office of the University Architect has been meeting with multiple stakeholders to evaluate various campus areas. Among the sites being reviewed, two areas are being designed for improvement within the next few years. The former location of Small Group Lower Plaza will be transformed into a recreational field maintained by Recreational Services. Summit Street will be improved through use of ODOT funds in conjunction with the city of Kent. The university has been involved to ensure that improvements implemented will include safe means for student pedestrian movement.
KENT MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION CENTER
Kent State, the city of Kent and the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority, via a Federal Transportation Administration grant, have conducted a planning study for construction of a Multimodal Transportation Center in the city. The proposed center incorporates parking, mass transportation, pedestrians and bicycles into one central facility designed to promote and increase transit, pedestrian and bicycle access to the university and downtown Kent.
LIBRARY CHILLED WATER PLATE FRAME HEAT EXCHANGER
In order to maintain adequate air conditioning service to the Library, a plate and frame heat exchanger will be installed. The new unit will include all necessary equipment and controls to allow reduced pressure and a direct connection from the central chilled water loop. Currently this project is under design.
PORTHOUSE THEATRE PARKING LOT EXPANSION
At Porthouse Theatre, the existing site and parking area are being evaluated in effort to maximize spaces within the paved area. A new, gravel parking area, accommodating 46 additional spaces, and new walkway will be constructed. Also, a new retention basin is being planned for future development when the new lot is expanded and paved. The department has raised funds to install a new gravel walking path, some site lighting and landscaping. Work will take place in 2009.
SALEM CAMPUS BUILDING EXPANSIONS AND ADDITIONS
The Gymnasium at Salem Campus will undergo a conversion to accommodate the Nursing program on the lower level and a shelled-out space on the upper level that will, in the future, be finished out to house the new science laboratories. New faculty offices will also be created on the lower level. After the scope of work was revised, design of this project is underway again.
SALEM CAMPUS CITY CENTER FIRE ALARM SYSTEM UPGRADE
A fire alarm system will be installed in the Salem Campus City Center Building. Emergency exit lighting and exit signs will be installed throughout the building. Designs are nearing completion; construction documents will then be reviewed prior to bidding this project.
SATTERFIELD HALL ROOF REPLACEMENT
The roof on Satterfield Hall will be replaced and the parapet will be repaired. Currently under design, construction documents will then be prepared in order to bid this project for construction. Bidding is anticipated to occur this fall with construction taking place during summer 2009.
TAYLOR HALL FIRE ALARM UPGRADES
The fire alarm system in Taylor Hall will be upgraded. The initial bid opening was postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date this fall. Construction should occur during summer 2009.
STARK CAMPUS SCIENCE BUILDING
At Stark Campus, programming and schematic designs are underway to build a 30,000 SF building to support the science program. This building will accommodate science teaching and research laboratories and a portion of the east wing will be renovated to accommodate the expanding Nursing program.
VAN CAMPEN HALL RENOVATIONS FOR THE TURKISH CULTURAL CENTER
The residential wing and public areas of Van Campen Hall will be renovated for the Turkish Cultural Program. Work will include the general refresh of the residence rooms and public areas (lounges, classrooms, lobby, corridors), complete upgrade of the toilet and shower rooms, and the upgrade/replacement of the residence and public areas’ HVAC, electrical distribution, telecommunications, fire alarm and fire suppression systems. An architectural firm is assisting with designing this project.
WKSU RENOVATIONS AND ADDITIONS
The WKSU Broadcast Center is comprised of offices, broadcast studios, and broadcast support areas, including a media library, computer areas, and recording studio. This project will renovate spaces and new space will be added to the existing building to address changes in media, technology and the broadcast field. The schematic phase of design and engineering is being completed and will then be reviewed. The level funds raised will determine the schedule for proceeding with further development of the design and construction documents.