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Harbourt Hall Revamps to a LEED Building

Harbourt Hall, the only LEED building on the Kent Campus, has become the new office for Facilities Planning and Operations and the Office of the University Architect. Both offices recently relocated from Lowry Hall.

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Harbourt Hall Revamps to a LEED Building

Posted Oct. 24, 2011 | Kahley Colaluca
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The newly reconstructed Harbourt Hall is the only LEED
building on the Kent Campus.

Harbourt Hall has become the new office for Facilities Planning and Operations and the Office of the University Architect. Both offices recently relocated from Lowry Hall.

The newly reconstructed Harbourt Hall building is recognized as a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) building, developed to provide sensible and measurable solutions for green building.

According to the National Resource Defense Council, “The LEED green building rating system is designed to promote practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being.”

Harbourt Hall is the only LEED building on campus. Restoration of the building and the transition to more eco-friendly solutions will help to conserve energy and save money.

“Our commitment to sustainability is most important,” Michael Bruder, director of design and construction at Kent State says. “We are decreasing energy costs, and it’s great for our balances and the environment.”

Construction at Harbourt Hall includes complete replacement and modernization of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, upgrading the fire suppression and alarm systems, renovation in the bathrooms and other public areas, a new elevator for accessibility, interior finishes and exterior envelope.

“One of the things that a lot of people don’t know about is our new bicycle locker area,” Bruder says. “We have a changing room and shower for those who want to ride their bikes instead of drive to campus.”

The intersection outside of Harbourt Hall has also been modified. The driveways near Loop Road and Eastway Drive were taken out, making more space for pedestrians and vehicles. The walkway in front of Harbourt Hall has also reopened.

The College of Public Health will expand into Lowry Hall after renovations are completed in spring 2012.