Reading that Kent State University is buzzing with construction activity this summer is hardly a news flash but seeing it all on paper gave me a new sense of appreciation for what a lot of construction works translates into on a building by building basis. Wow.
KSU Summer Construction Schedule
CAMPUS-WIDE ENERGY CONSERVATION PROJECTS:
Kent Campus Classroom, Laboratory, Auxiliary Buildings and Utility Assets
Energy Conservation Project, Phase 1
In mid-November 2012, The Brewer-Garrett Company commenced activity on their Performance Contract services for energy conservation measures in Kent Campus classroom, laboratory and auxiliary buildings, Summit Street Power Plant and utilities infrastructure. This project impacts over 3.6 million square feet of buildings, plus parking lot and roadway lighting and campus utilities (electricity, natural gas, chilled water, steam, domestic water and sewer). The potential $50 million project has been limited to a $25 million Phase 1 and potential, yet to-be-determined value, future Phase 2. External special bond funding was approved by the Kent State University Board of Trustees and the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority; funding all-in rate achieved 1.25% with a very positive effect on project cash flow. Expectation for Phase 1 of this project is that the majority of the House Bill 251 energy use reduction goal of 20% will be met. Select envelope deferred renewal projects include: window replacements for: Administrative Services Building (March 11 – 15), Bowman Hall (May 13 – August 17), DeWeeseHealthCenter (December 2013 – January 2014), Dix Stadium (May 13 – August 2013), Library (May 2014 – August 2014), RockwellMuseum (March 11 – 29), Nixson Hall skylights (summer 2013); new roofs for: Bowman, Henderson, Moulton, and Nixson Halls (summer 2013). General project scope items include select lighting retrofits, replacements of air handlers, chillers, boilers, pumps, heat exchangers and domestic water heating systems, installation of piping system insulation, building envelope repairs, and comprehensive utility metering. On March 4, six groups of contractor teams started retrofitting of interior lighting at many buildings. A substantial amount of noticeable Phase 1 work and select exterior improvements are planned for: Bowman Hall, DeWeeseHealthCenter, MACCenter, SchwartzCenter, Ice Arena, Dix Stadium, and the Library. The SchwartzCenter cooling chiller and cooling tower were removed during the winter semester break 2012/2013. New units were installed between March and mid-April in time for cooling season. In the MACCenter gymnasium catwalk area, ten existing air handlers are being removed and new units installed during the spring/summer 2013. A complete campus exterior pole lighting project retrofitting to LED will be completed (summer 2013). The Summit Street Power Plant gas and electric utility contract/operation re-negotiation is also included in Phase 1. The project is utilizing House Bill 7 Performance Contracting regulations for payback of the project costs with guaranteed energy savings and possibly operational and avoided capital costs over a maximum 15-year time period.
Kent Campus Residence Services Energy Conservation Project
This project encompasses approximately 1,800,000 SF of twenty-six residence hall buildings on the Kent Campus to address the House Bill 251 energy use reduction goals. Potential construction installation cost is $20,000,000 resulting in $1,800,000 total annual guaranteed utility cost savings. The Brewer-Garrett Company commenced installation processes in June 2011 and on-going as work is being coordinated with other residence hall projects planned outside of this project’s scope. This project exceeds the 20% HB 251 energy reduction goals with 37% annual energy consumption savings and avoided greenhouse gas emissions. The project is utilizing provisions per Ohio Legislation HB 7 for payback of project cost with guaranteed energy savings over the allowed 15-year payback time period. In addition, substantial deferred renewal items are being addressed: replacement of single-pane, original windows at Prentice, Verder, Dunbar, Lake and Olson halls; installation of air handling equipment in Beall/McDowell Center, and caulking, tuckpointing, lintel repair and replacements on the building envelopes. A student room energy conservation control system is being implemented throughout; this strategy will automatically reduce HVAC and electrical usage when rooms are unoccupied. Envelope repairs and windows replacements in Dunbar, Prentice, Verder, Lake and Olson Halls and envelope repairs at Tri-Towers Rotunda and Engleman Hall have been completed. Temperature controls in student rooms are operating in Centennial Courts A-F, Stopher, Johnson, Lake, Olson, Korb, Engleman, Beall, Prentice, Verder, Dunbar and Allyn halls. Room automation at Tri-Towers and the Eastway Complex has been delayed in effort to coordinate the work with other planned renovations in those buildings. The Tri-Towers Complex domestic hot water heaters have been replaced and the system is currently being upgraded to replace storage tanks in the towers with master mixing valves. Retro-commissioning of the hall’s HVAC equipment is being performed to correct any deficiencies and ensure efficient operation. A total of 2,051 water conserving low-flow sink aerators and approximately 1,600 reduced flow showerheads were installed in all of the residence halls. To reduce electricity consumption, lighting retrofits were completed in Stopher and Johnson halls, Centennial Courts A-F, Verder, Prentice, Dunbar, Engleman, Lake, Olson, Beall, McDowell, and Koonce, Leebrick and Wright halls. New motors with variable frequency drives were installed on the building heating systems in multiple resident halls. Kitchen hood controls were installed in EastwayCenter and Tri-Towers Rotunda that will automatically reduce exhaust flows by up to 70% when not required to capture heat and/or fumes from cooking. Condensate from steam heat recovery systems are in operation at Lake/Olson halls, Centennial Courts A/B, C/D, and E/F that save energy by extracting more heat from the condensate prior to sending it back to the Power Plant. The condensate heat recovery systems will reduce the steam required by buildings and help to provide more opportunities for waste heat recovery at the Power Plant. Utility meters have been installed in all of the residence halls and are reporting consumptions to the building automation system for billing. The foundation has been established for the potential development of a Web-based energy dashboard that could be accessed by parents, students and staff to promote energy conservation and review utility consumptions. Utility meter readings for individual residence halls will be used to promote and document energy conservation competitions between similar halls. This project is approximately 80% complete.
PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION:
Child Development Center Outdoor Learning Laboratory
An Outdoor Learning Laboratory is being expanded and improved at the playground of the ChildDevelopmentCenter in order to enhance the mission and philosophy of the Center. Designed by Behnke Associates, Cavanaugh Building Corporation’s on-site work continues, as weather permits, and is scheduled to be completed by the end of May.
Clark, Fletcher and Manchester Halls HVAC and Student Room Improvements
In the Eastway Center Residence Halls Complex (Clark, Fletcher and Manchester Halls), the two-pipe heating-only system will be replaced with a four-pipe system capable of providing heating and cooling to student rooms. The flooring will be abated and the existing built-in closets will be removed. Corridor finishes and lighting improvements are also included in this project. Dynamix Engineering, Ltd. is the Criteria Architect/Engineer for this project. Turner Construction Company is serving as the Design-Build firm. On May 13, construction commenced in Clark Hall. During the summer of 2014, work will begin in Fletcher and Manchester halls.
Henderson Hall Parking Lot and Walkways
A new, 200-vehicle parking lot, designed by Knight & Stolar, Inc., is being built in the vicinity of Henderson Hall. Adjacent sidewalks and pavements need to be installed to continue service to Henderson Hall and to provide pedestrian circulation throughout the site. Perrin Asphalt Company’s work on the project commenced on May 1.
Library Roof Replacement and Parapet Repairs
URS Corporation designed this project to replace the Library’s tower and main building roofing systems. Work involves installation of lighting protection and fall protection, and the removal of old chillers and cooling towers no longer in service. On May 13, Terik Roofing, Inc. commenced construction.
Library Third Floor Renovations for the School of Library and Information Science
The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) currently occupies an area on the third floor of the Library and the program has grown significantly. Additional space is needed to accommodate students and faculty. This project, designed by Payto Architects, involves interior renovations and systems upgrades to the approximately 10,000 SF of vacated space on the third floor of the Library. The program includes additional faculty office and research spaces, as well as instructional spaces. Stitle Construction Corporation’s construction activities are scheduled for completion in July.
McDowell Hall Elevator Modernization
All of McDowell Hall’s elevator equipment is original to the construction of the building, circa 1966. Modernization of McDowell Hall’s two elevators includes: replacement of the electromagnetic controls with a micro-processor control system; replacement of the AC to DC generator set with a variable drive AC motor; re-roping of each hoistway; constructing new elevator cabs on the existing slings; and installation of new lanterns and call stations at each floor. Elevator dispatch times and travel times will be shortened by new efficiencies in the micro-processor controls, taking advantage of updated technologies. This project was designed by Van Auken Akins Architects, LLC. On May 13, Stitle Construction Corporation’s commenced on-site construction.
McGilvrey Hall Building Envelope Restoration
Carl Walker, Inc. designed this project to replace McGilvrey Hall’s building roof systems and prepare for a major restoration of the building’s stone and brick facades. Work includes installation of lighting protection and fall protection, and removal of old mechanical equipment no longer in service. Hively Contracting Company’s construction work commenced on May 13.
Music and Speech Center D-Wing First Floor
Ceiling Replacement and Chilled Water Line Relocation
Chilled water lines in the D-Wing of the Music and Speech Center are being relocated from the ground floor to the first floor ceiling, the spline ceiling is being replaced with new two-by-two lay-in ceiling tiles, and the existing surface-mount lighting are being replaced with recessed, high-efficiency lights. The Standard Plumbing & Heating Company commenced on-site construction May 13 on this project that was designed by Pardo Consultants. To avoid disrupting daytime classes and business operations, noisy demolition and construction activities will be conducted during the third shift.
Prentice Hall Toilet and Shower Room Renovations
Prentice Hall was constructed in 1959 and houses 255 students in double-occupancy rooms. The shower and toilet rooms have had minor renovations, but in large part are original to the building. This summer, the shower and toilet rooms are being upgraded, the original systems and layouts replaced with new, private shower/toilet rooms similar to the facilities recently installed in the Tri-Towers, Lake/Olson and Eastway complexes. All failing piping, power and ventilation systems within the existing shower/toilet rooms are being removed and replaced and a new shower/toilet room complex for each floor and each wing of the building are being built. Domokur Architects is the Criteria Architect/Engineer for this project. Turner Construction Company is serving as the Design-Build firm. On-site work commenced on May 13.
Prentice House Relocation and Renovation
The May Prentice House, a residence of historical significance to KentStateUniversity was relocated due to the Esplanade Extension project and for future use by the university. Interior and exterior renovations are required to bring the building up to code for the university’s use. Rick Hawksley, Architect, dba Design with a Vision, assisted with planning and designing this two-phased project. Hummel Construction Company commenced work on May 6. A new foundation, basement and structural floor system is being built, new electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems installed, accessibility upgrades made, and interior and exterior improvements will be completed.
Recreation Field Pavilion
At the new Recreation Field, a new pavilion and secured field equipment storage building are being built for the convenience and use of recreation users and visitors. The pavilion will be comprised of a covered area with picnic tables for group gatherings, enclosed restroom facilities, electrical power and wireless Internet access. Site utilities, irrigation controls, field lighting and water well controls are being relocated from their current, temporary locations into the new building. This project was designed by Braun & Steidl Architects. DSV Builders, Inc., Synergy, LLC, and Becdel Controls, Incorporated were scheduled to commence construction on April 1; work on-site began on May 3.
Renovations and Additions for the School of Art
The School of Art currently occupies six different buildings on the Kent Campus: the ArtBuilding, Art Annex, Van Deusen Hall, SchwartzCenter, Olson Hall and the CeramicsBuilding. The intent of this project is to consolidate the school into two buildings and provide renovated and new spaces for their programs. The Art Annex is the university’s former central heating plant in which a two-phase renovation was planned to house several art programs. Phase one was completed in 2007 and this project will complete the second phase of renovations to provide approximately 32,000 SF. Recommendations to renovate Van Deusen Hall in lieu of the Art Building were approved, enabling the buildings to be linked together by the addition, thus creating space for the entire School of Art to be housed under one roof. Van Deusen needs significant renovations to accommodate the program space; the old Heating Plant section of the Art Annex will be partially demolished and rebuilt. In general, the project will provide new MEP infrastructure, interior finishes, and envelope repairs/replacement. This project will be registered with the USGBC for minimum Silver LEED certification. Payto Architects, Inc., the Architect of Record, has completed a study with several different renovation scenarios. Ozanne Construction Company is serving as Construction Management at Risk. The Ruhlin Company is serving as the Major Construction Program Manager, Doty & Miller Architects & Planners, Inc. is the LEED Process Consultant, and Four Seasons Environmental, Inc. is the Commissioning Agent. The construction manager, during the preconstruction services phase of the project, is assisting with evaluating and determining the final project scope based on estimates, schedules and constructability. Two early construction packages were bid in March and April to relocate existing utilities and perform abatement and demolition in the Art Annex and former Heating Plant. The utility work commenced during steam shutdown week, May 13, and continues through August. Portions of the buildings will remain occupied during the renovations.
Stockdale Dispatch Renovations
Designed by Four Points Architectural Services, Stockdale’s dispatch center was relocated into a larger, more secured room. Renovations entailed complete demolition and reconstruction of the new center and installation of furniture systems for five dispatch workstations. The Cornice Co., Inc. has completed installation of the new dispatch center. Window replacements and HVAC improvements are continuing through summer.
Taylor Hall Building Envelope Restoration
Braun & Steidl Architects, Inc. designed this building envelope repair project to replace Taylor Hall’s upper and lower roof systems; perform concrete repairs to the structural building frame; and replace windows. Work includes installation of lighting protection and fall protection, and removal of old cooling towers no longer in service. On May 13, Panzica Construction Company commenced work.
Tri-Towers Residence Halls Rooms and HVAC Upgrades
Built in 1968, the Tri-Towers complex consists of two ten-story residence halls, one twelve-story residence hall and a central connecting building for dining and student activities. The complex houses approximately 1,400 students and has received two large-scale, but partial renovations within the last ten years. This project addresses deferred maintenance issues, including aging HVAC infrastructure, building envelope failures, interior room configurations and finishes that were not corrected as part of previous renovations and extending the life of the buildings for another thirty years. Domokur Architects is serving as the Architect of Record to assist with designing and providing project management for all phases of the project. The AOR contracted directly with Scheeser Buckley Mayfield for MEP engineering design. Four Seasons Environmental is under contract with the university to serve as the Commissioning Agent. Gilbane Building Company is serving as Construction Manager at Risk for this project. Construction is being scheduled over a two-year time frame, with the majority of work completed while buildings are unoccupied during the summer breaks of 2013 through 2014. Work in Wright Hall commenced on May 13, and work in Koonce and Leebrick will be completed during the summer of 2014. As weather permits, building envelope work continues for the duration of this project.
Tuscarawas Eugene Tolloty Technology Center Incubator
Northeast of the KentStateUniversity at Tuscarawas Campus, the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) of TuscarawasCounty constructed the 170-acre TuscarawasTechnologyPark in 2008. Currently all roadways throughout the TechnologyPark are paved and all utilities have been installed with the roadways. The Eugene Tolloty Technology Center Incubator will be the first building constructed in the TechnologyPark; it will be located on the 7.8 acre “Development Area F”. KentStateUniversity at Tuscarawas will own the building and it will be managed and operated by the CIC of Tuscarawas County. The scope of this project is to construct a 25,000 SF business/technology incubator which will include approximately 15,000 SF of office, conference and laboratory spaces. The focus of the incubator is to provide start-up space to high-tech companies involved in research and development. Efforts will be made to attract information technology, computer animation, polymer research and development, biotech and nanotech research companies, advanced materials research companies, and other high-tech research and development companies. Construction will also consist of all site work associated with the building, such as utility extensions from the existing roadway, parking lot and exterior lighting, and landscaping. The master plan for the TechnologyPark identifies future construction of buildings to take place in clusters on various multi-acre parcels. The terrain is heavily rolling with portions of the land previously reclaimed from coal mining. 48 acres are set-aside for LEED-certified structures, and along with the remaining 112 acres, have restrictive covenants and building review standards for a quality-controlled, unified development. KentStateUniversity at Tuscarawas desires to meet LEED certification standards for energy efficiency and to submit for LEED certification. Funding for this project is made up of grants from the Ohio Department of Development Job Ready Sites, the Community Improvement Corporation of TuscarawasCounty; and the US Department of Commerce, EDA. Additional funding is provided by the Tuscarawas County University Branch District. Poggemeyer Design Group designed this project. On April 22, Jeffrey Carr Construction, Inc. commenced construction on-site and must be completed by April 2014.
CONTRACT AWARDS PENDING:
Gym Annex Pool Adaptive Reuse Renovations
In the Gym Annex, the 10,000 SF former aquatics area, vacant for the past ten years, will be renovated to provide classrooms and laboratories for the School of Visual Communications and Design. The existing pool mechanical rooms and pool diving area will be converted to facility maintenance space and storage. Repointing of the existing masonry brickwork will be performed on the building exterior. The project scope also includes replacing the roof over the former pool area and the gymnasium north of the former pool. This project is critically needed to address temporary classroom space while major campus improvements are completed over the next three to four years. This project was designed by Braun & Steidl, Architects, Inc. The contract award is pending for the Apparent Low Bidder, Summit Construction Company, Inc. for construction bids that were opened on April 26.
Music and Speech Center Renovations to Lecture Hall D022
Music and Speech Center Lecture Hall D022 was planned for a future lecture hall and is currently vacant. This room needs to be utilized as swing space for other campus classes while major lecture halls are taken offline during the construction of the major bond projects. The existing shell space will be renovated into a lecture hall for multiple disciplines. The contract award is pending for the Apparent Low Bidder, Summit Construction Company, Inc. for construction bids that were opened on April 16.
Rockwell Hall Atrium and Lab Renovations
New lab spaces will be built-out in the existing atrium and third floor classroom areas of Rockwell Hall to accommodate additional program changes and class structure of the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising. Work involves a floor extension on the third floor to recapture the space at the atrium. The contract award with the Apparent Low Bidder, R. L. Hill Management, Inc., is pending for construction bids that were opened on April 18 for this project that was designed by Van Auken Akins Architects, LLC.
PROJECTS ADVERTISED FOR BIDDING:
Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative Expansion
The College of Architecture and Environmental Design will begin offering a Master of Landscape Architecture program that will be taught at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC). The existing space is not large enough to support the additional students that will be enrolled in this new program. This project, designed by Westlake Reed Leskosky, entails enlarging the CUDC space by expanding into the adjacent 2,500 SF unfinished tenant area with finishes and furnishings to create twenty-two additional student stations in the design studio. Contractors’ bids for construction will be opened on June 7.
PROJECTS UNDER DESIGN:
Centennial Research Park Lab Improvements
Swing space will be needed during the science facilities renovations and research space is also needed for new hires. Van Auken Akins Architects designed renovations to CentennialResearchPark’s former 4,000 SF wash bay area, which includes installation of lab casework, window openings, new restrooms, HVAC, fire protection, electrical distribution and lighting systems. Construction documents are being prepared to advertise this project to bidders this summer.
Field House Locker Room Expansion
The Field House will be expanded along the south side of the building to provide locker room facilities for Women’s Softball, Women’s Field Hockey, Women’s Soccer and both Men’s and Women’s Track teams. Braun & Steidl, Architects, Inc. is the Criteria Architect/Engineer for this project. Regency Construction Services, Inc. is serving as the Design-Build firm. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on May 3. Within the next two weeks, utility relocation work should commence with construction to be completed in December.
Multiple Science Buildings Renovations and Addition
Two science buildings, Cunningham and Williams halls, will be renovated and an Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) will be built to increase academic and research spaces. Exterior envelope improvements will be made to Smith Hall. Renovations will address deferred maintenance needs, focusing on replacement of aging and failing infrastructure and systems and reorganization of the program spaces within the existing buildings’ general layouts, and at the same time, will establish state-of-the-art science facilities for teaching and research. Renovations of these buildings are being treated as a single project to provide a cohesive approach to science instruction and research space in these areas; this project will be registered with the USGBC for minimum Silver LEED certification. Additionally, all three buildings and programs will need to continue to operate portions of the buildings during construction. Sharing of temporary facilities in all three areas will be part of an overall sequencing plan for the construction period. The 93,000 SF Williams Hall, built in 1967, provides space for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The 47,000 SF Smith Hall, built in 1968, provides space for the Department of Physics. The 93,000 SF Cunningham Hall, built in 1968, provides space for the Department of Biological Sciences. Cunningham Hall also includes an addition that was completed in 2001; work in this addition is anticipated to be modest and limited to systems that interface with the original building, such as building automation, security and fire alarms and re-commissioning of the HVAC system. Ayers/Saint/Gross, Incorporated, the Architect of Record, is designing and providing project management for all phases of the project. The Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing engineering firm, Prater Engineering, is under contract with the Architect of Record. Turner Construction Company is serving as Construction Manager at Risk. In addition, separate consultants are under contract to assist Kent State on this project: The Ruhlin Company is serving as the Major Construction Program Manager, Doty & Miller Architects & Planners, Inc. is the LEED Process Consultant, and Karpinski Engineering is the Commissioning Agent. The design team completed the Program of Requirements (POR) and is starting the Schematic Design phase, while the Construction Manager is completing the POR estimate.
New Building for the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology
In support of the recently redefined and renamed College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, Kent State University intends to construct a new facility reflecting the level of sophistication envisioned with the college. The new facility is envisioned to be between 50,000 and 55,000 SF and two stories tall. The facility will house classrooms, labs and administrative and faculty offices. In addition, a portion of the building will be planned as shell space for future expansion as additional funding becomes available. The research activities of the college will be located in another building on campus. This project will be registered with the USGBC for minimum Silver LEED certification. Bostwick Design Partnership is serving as the Architect of Record; Hammond Construction, Inc. is serving as Construction Manager at Risk. In addition, separate consultants are under contract to assist Kent State on this project: The Ruhlin Company is serving as the Major Construction Program Manager, Doty & Miller Architects & Planners, Inc. is the LEED Process Consultant, and Four Seasons Environmental, Inc. is the Commissioning Agent. In early May, the utility bid package (1A) was issued by the CMR, to be followed by the site utilities, foundation and steel bid package (1B).
New Facility for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design
The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) is one of KentStateUniversity’s signature programs. Currently, the program is fractionalized with classroom, studios and faculty offices scattered across the campus in three separate structures that do not reflect the caliber of the program. Taylor Hall, located in the heart of campus, is the base of operations and the location within the May Fourth Historic District makes it impossible to modify the existing building in a constructive way. Therefore, the university has set the construction of a new building for the program as a facility improvement priority. The proposed building is programmed at approximately 120,000 SF and will include studios, classrooms, administrative offices and various shop and research spaces. The new building will be located on the Esplanade walkway extension, a path currently under construction between South Lincoln Street and Haymaker Parkway to connect the Kent Campus with downtown Kent. The connection of the building to its surrounding site will be an important part of the design and the project will include all sidewalks, parking lots, landscaping and utility extensions to the site and building. The university has identified three primary drivers of project: the building must be architecturally significant and representative of the stature of the CAED program; the building must be a model of sustainable design and energy performance; and the building must be affordable while accommodating all of the programmatic needs of the college. After completing the interview and presentation process, KentState selected Richard L. Bowen + Associates, Inc., in collaboration with Weiss/Manfredi to serve as the Architect of Record for this project. Kent State recently selected Gilbane Building Company to serve as the Construction Manager at Risk. In addition, separate consultants are under contract to assist Kent State on this project: The Ruhlin Company is serving as the Major Construction Program Manager, Doty & Miller Architects & Planners, Inc. is the LEED Process Consultant, and Four Seasons Environmental, Inc. is the Commissioning Agent. This project will be registered with the USGBC for minimum Silver LEED certification. Maximizing energy conservation is a critical component of the design goals to comply with House bill 251. Contract negotiations are underway with the A/E and CMR and the initial kickoff meeting for the design team has been scheduled for May 17.
Olson Center Rehabilitation for Undergraduate Studies
OlsonCenter, located along the University Esplanade and adjacent to the Memorial Athletic and ConvocationCenter, was constructed in 1961 as a dining facility, but was converted to offices in the early 1980s. Building renovations will address the growing list of deferred maintenance issues, but more importantly, will enhance the building facade facing this highly-visited section of the campus. The Department of Undergraduate Studies is located in the OlsonCenter; the UndergraduateStudiesCenter for Excellence tutoring and other operations are located in the SchwartzCenter and the Library. Undergraduate Studies is responsible for assisting undecided students with degree and career planning; assessing the basic skills of all entering freshman students; providing tutoring services that promote student learning; and providing support tools and resources for low-income, first generation and precollege students. At 28,000 SF, the former kitchen and dining hall areas that currently house Undergraduate Studies and two departments from the School of Art will be transformed into a modern, student-focused tutoring and exploratory advising center. With its prime location in the center of campus, students could easily access tools to help them achieve success at KentStateUniversity, including group tutoring, walk-in tutoring, online tutoring and scheduled tutoring. The art programs, currently located on the north side of the building, will be permanently relocated into the new art facility once it is completed. Domokur Architects is assisting with designing this project. Investigation of existing building conditions and programming are underway. The project is entering the Schematic Design phase as the Program of Requirements estimates are being completed. This project will be registered with the USGBC for minimum Silver LEED certification. Maximizing energy conservation is a critical component of the design goals to comply with House Bill 251. Separate consultants are under contract to assist Kent State on this project: The Ruhlin Company is serving as the Major Construction Program Manager, Doty & Miller Architects & Planners, Inc. is the LEED Process Consultant, and Four Seasons Environmental, Inc. is the Commissioning Agent.
Prentice Dining Hall Renovation
Kaczmar Architects is assisting Dining Services to program options for a new dining facility to replace the Prentice Café which serves the north campus area. Recommendations and preliminary estimates were provided by the architect in April.
Schwebel Room Improvements
Bialosky + Partners Architects is working with Dining Services to plan improvements to the Schwebel Dining Room located on the third floor of the StudentCenter.