Not to be outdone by all the City construction work going on around town, Kent State University has a full plate this summer with its own renovation and construction projects. New construction brings a fresh look to campus and the all important new construction jobs which should help give the City an income tax boost at a time economically when we could really use it.
On Monday, May 17, the intense, summer construction season begins across Kent State’s eight campuses! To assist in navigating around campus during this intense summer construction period, please utilize – and share with others – the attached Kent Campus map which identifies impacted areas. At each construction zone, pedestrian-only walkways will be clearly marked with signage and delineated with fencing. Emergency vehicle access around and through each construction site will be maintained at all times.
Here are the major facility and infrastructure improvements that are currently being administered by the Office of the University Architect:
Construction Projects Commencing Monday, May 17:
Centennial Greens and Manchester Field Lawn Irrigation
Lawn irrigation systems are being installed in order to water Centennial Greens and Manchester Field. On-site construction continues through early July. Portions of these fields will be sectioned off by fencing while under construction.
Kent Student Center Masonry Repairs
The masonry overhang at the third floor balcony level of the Student Center is being repaired, as weather permits. Until repairs are completed, the outside balcony is closed.
Library First Floor Renovations
The circulation desk area and main entry lobby on the first floor of the Library are being renovated this summer. New finishes and upgrades for worn and dated materials are being implemented and new, energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems are being installed. The exterior canopy and new entry system are being upgraded to define the entrance of existing facade. The main entrance is closed; a newly-installed entrance facing Murin Gardens will serve as the temporary entrance while the first floor Library renovations and Risman Plaza improvement projects are under heavy construction this summer.
McDowell Hall Toilet and Shower Room Rehabilitation
Due to aging infrastructure, plumbing systems and fixtures in the bathrooms of McDowell Hall are being rehabilitated. Architectural finishes, electrical and HVAC work in these areas are being replaced. On-site construction is scheduled to be completed prior to Fall Semester.
Residence Halls ADA Improvements
Specific areas of Centennial Court, Prentice Hall, and Beall Hall are being reconstructed for compliance with current Federal ADA requirements that will provide better accessibility in those areas for students and staff.
Schwartz Center Restroom Renovations, Phase 2
The centrally-located restrooms on the first and second floors of the south portion of the Schwartz Center are closed for renovations this summer.
Verder Hall New Hydraulic Elevator
Verder Hall’s original elevator is being removed and replaced with a new, roped, hydraulic elevator in a new hoistway shaft on the exterior of the building. On-site construction is scheduled to be completed prior to Fall Semester.
Williams Hall Lab 223 HVAC Improvements
The HVAC system in laboratory 223 of Williams Hall is being upgraded. Renovation of lab 223 includes complete demolition and replacement of all fume hoods and lab casework; six additional fume hoods are being installed on the exterior wall, new lighting, new plumbing fixtures, emergency eyewash and shower, flooring, and wall finishes are being installed. An ADA fume hood and accessible bench workstations are also being provided.
On-Going Construction Projects:
Centennial Research Park Roof Replacement
The original roof over Centennial Research Park is being replaced. Work continues through spring.
Heer and Harbourt Halls Roof Replacement
The roofing systems on Heer and Harbourt halls are being removed and replaced. Construction continues through summer.
McGilvrey Hall Labs 131B and 341 Renovations
The fume hood systems in McGilvrey Hall labs 131B and 341 are being renovated to be compatible with chemicals proposed for use by a new faculty member. These renovations include installation of new acid-resistant fume hoods and exhaust systems.
Music and Speech Center Renovations and Additions – Roe Green Center
Music and Speech Center is being renovated and additions 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. On the west side of the building, another addition is being constructed to provide three new dance studios and support space to relocate the Dance Program out of the MACC Annex. The Theatre addition is nearing completion with installation of the theatre flooring and painting to be completed along with exterior parking and lawn improvements. Interior finishes are being completed in the black box theatre and main lobby area. The dance studios and support areas are being completed with paint finishing in most areas, while work in the locker and restrooms is completed. Finish work is underway in the newly-designated Performing Arts Library. This project is on schedule to be completed by the end of May.
Risman Plaza Renovations, Phase 1
The initial phase of a multi-phased project to improve the university’s landscape and hardscape is underway. The primary focus of phase 1 construction is Risman Plaza and surrounding areas. Improvements involve landscaping, paving, lighting, site furnishings, drainage and pedestrian walkways. Construction continues on the new transit shelter on the west side of the Kiva; steel was visible by spring break with completion of this portion of the project by mid-May. Demolition and construction in the plaza is underway; perimeter fencing closes off the plaza from pedestrian traffic; please follow detour signage around the site. At times, dust and noise from demolition activities will be elevated. Construction will continue through the end of August.
Contract awards pending for summer construction:Lecture hall room 200 in the Business Administration Building will be renovated this summer with the installation of new seating, lighting and finishes and technology upgrades. Contract awards are pending for construction bids that were opened on May 7.
Business Administration Building Renovations to Room 200
Child Development Center Reroof and Research One Shingled Roof
Existing shingles on the roofs of the Child Development Center and the Research One Building will be removed and replaced with new roofing systems which include ice guards, venting, fall protection equipment and roofing accessories. The contract award is pending for construction bids that were opened on March 29.
MAC Center Athletic Academic Resource Center Expansion
An addition will be built in order to expand the existing MAC Center Athletic Academic Resource Center. Contract awards are pending for construction bids that were opened on March 30.
Stewart Hall Renovations for the Relocation of Information Services
This project involves planning, design and construction to renovate Stewart Hall for the consolidation of Information Services groups campuswide into one facility. The contract award is pending for construction package 1 bids that were opened on April 27. Interior work is under design and a second construction package will be bid during the summer. It is anticipated that the building should be ready for occupancy in early 2011.
Summit Street Sidewalk Extension
The campus sidewalk along Summit Street will be extended from the C-Science parking lot southeast to the bus stop in front of the Parking Maintenance Building to provide safe access to the campus. Included will be alternates to extend the sidewalk and provide lighting to Sieberling Drive and Summit East parking lot. The contract award is pending for construction bids that were opened on April 14.
White Hall Parking Lot Improvements
Perimeter landscape and lighting improvements are being planned for White Hall R-16 parking lot. Contract awards are pending for construction bids that were opened on May 5.
Projects under design:
Facility Planning and Scheduling Services
Recognizing the importance of state-of-the-art facilities, Kent State University is poised to undertake an extensive program of improvement to its campus facilities. A previously-commissioned study identified approximately $350M in deferred renewal needs for existing buildings. Additionally, new facilities may be required to meet the programmatic requirements in some academic areas. The Kent State University Board of Trustees authorized the administration to pursue approximately $200M in bond funding to finance this initiative. The goal of this project is to work with the administration and facilities offices to provide an overall implementation plan for this enterprise encompassing campus planning, facility assessment, programming, estimating and scheduling/sequencing of the work. Specific building and renovation projects will be identified in this project and subsequent, separate Requests for Qualifications for those actual construction projects will be issued. A team lead by the architectural firm, Ayers Saint Gross, was selected to assist with planning the overall project. The firm has met with representatives from Facilities Planning and Operations and the Office of the University Architect to review some of the projects currently being considered as part of this initiative. The firm will provide recommendations regarding the overall program and costs for these projects.
Harbourt and Heer Halls Renovations for Administrative Functions
Harbourt and Heer Halls, former residence halls built in 1967, will be renovated to provide office space for multiple administrative functions on campus. Work includes the conversion of the residence rooms and bathroom facilities, improvements to the public areas (lounges, classrooms, lobby, corridors), and the upgrade/replacement of the entire heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, electrical distribution, telecommunications systems, fire alarm and fire suppression systems. The currently proposed program includes office spaces for the Office of the University Architect, Facilities, Planning and Operations, Department of Human Resources, and several, smaller financial and administrative units. Currently, the architect’s office is requesting qualifications from firms interested in designing this project.
Kent Multimodal Transportation Center
Kent State University, the City of Kent and the Portage Area Transportation Authority (PARTA) received a $20M grant for the construction of the Kent Gateway multimodal transportation center. 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. The project design is currently in the development phase. The solicitation and selection of a construction manager will be conducted in late summer with construction slated to begin in late fall or early winter 2010. The design and construction of the Kent Gateway will be closely coordinated with the design and construction of the esplanade extension, the hotel and conference center and the other downtown development initiatives.
Multiple Buildings Envelope Repairs and Roof Replacements
Building envelope repairs and roof replacements will be conducted on multiple buildings on the Kent Campus, as well as the Regional Campuses, over the next three years. The specific scope and budget of each individual project varies by building. Six buildings have been identified in current planning, but additional buildings may be added to the overall project at a later date. These buildings are: Smith Hall (1968), Science Research Lab Building (1986), Williams Hall (1967), Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (1950), MACC Annex (1977), McGilvrey Hall (1940), and the Kent Student Center (1971). Due to the scope of the projects and schedule requirements, the university will select more than one firm to complete the proposed projects. The Office of the University Architect has interviewed firms for several roofing projects and is still in the process of selecting firms for other roofing projects.
Music and Speech Center Parking Lot Renovation
The study for the renovation of the existing parking lot at the Music and Speech Center is nearly complete. The goals of this study are to rehabilitate the lighting, renovate or replace the existing parking lot pavement including curbs, walks and asphalt surfaces, as well as improve pedestrian circulation through the lot. Once the study and estimates are finalized, construction documents will be prepared.
New Facilities for the College of Technology – Programming / Site Selection
Constructed in 1951 and in need of complete rehabilitation, Van Deusen Hall houses the College of Technology and portions of the School of Art. An architectural firm assessed the current configuration and needs of the building and investigated the rehabilitation or the construction of a new facility for the College of Technology. The project design should achieve LEED Silver Certification and comply with House Bill 251 reduced energy consumption requirements. The final study was presented to the administration.
New Facilities for the Schools of Art and Visual Communication Design – Programming / Site Selection
Constructed in 1972 and at the end of its useful life, the Art Building houses the School of Art and the School of Visual Communication Design. An architectural design firm assessed the current configuration and needs of the building and investigated a complete rehabilitation of other campus buildings and/or the construction of a new facility for these two programs. The project design should achieve LEED Silver Certification and comply with House Bill 251 reduced energy consumption requirements. The final study was presented to the administration.
WKSU Broadcast Center Generator Replacement
The existing generator at the WKSU-FM Broadcast Center will be removed and replaced with a new generator for standby electric power. Currently this project is under design.
For general reference, the construction detour map, as well as a complete listing and status of design and construction projects administered by the Office of the University Architect, can be accessed via the Internet at the URL: http://www.kent.edu/universityarchitect/projects/index.cfm. As project conditions change, updates will be provided to you.
Please refer any questions or concerns regarding these summer construction activities to the Office of the University Architect switchboard by calling 330-672-3880. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation while these improvement projects are underway.