Description of Projects under Design or Construction

Accessibility Improvements for Building Entrances and Restroom Entrances
Twenty-one (21) buildings on the Kent Campus are receiving building entrance improvements to better serve students, faculty, staff and visitors. The project includes accessibility and access control improvements to selected building entrances and interior restroom entrances. The design-build team documented each building’s existing conditions, designed locations for access control equipment and raceways, designed door hardware replacements, designed and documented access control system, installed all access control and accessibility hardware and finally will be commissioning the integrated systems. The project should be completed late spring in the following buildings: Bowman Hall, Business Administration Building, Cartwright Hall, Child Development Center, Franklin Hall, Henderson Hall, Kent Center for the Performing Arts, Kent Hall and South Wing, Library, Liquid Crystals Materials Science Building, Lowry Hall, Mathematical Sciences Building, McGilvrey Hall, Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center, Merrill Hall, Moulton Hall, Nixson Hall, Ritchie Hall, Rockwell Hall, Satterfield Hall, and White Hall. Regency Construction Services, Inc. is serving as the Design-Builder of this project. This Design-Build project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Airport New Classroom Building
The Kent State University Airport is used by two flight schools: (1) the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability, and Technology's flight technology program, which provides professional aeronautical training to Kent State University students enrolled in the Aeronautics program; and (2) Commercial Aviation, which provides flight training to the local community. The current instructional facilities are inadequate and inefficient for the growing enrollment in the KSU program. The goal of this project is to design and construct a new, free-standing building that will provide space for state-of-the-art instruction and improved aspects of the Airport operations. The approximately 17,000 SF building will include classrooms, flight simulators, faculty and administrative offices, airport operations offices and student, pilot and passenger support spaces. AECOM Services of Ohio, Inc. is designing this project. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Ashtabula Main Hall C-Wing Renovation
This project consists of multiple-phased renovations of Ashtabula's Main Hall Classroom Building. For Phase 1, Main Hall C-Wing first and second floors will be renovated, including general classrooms, computer labs, and faculty offices. Code required and MEP renovations will be performed that are related to the revised distribution and controls in support of the new building layout. The project will take place within the footprint of the existing building, based upon the preliminary programming established by the Office of the University Architect. No parking or roadway work is anticipated. The building will be occupied during construction and on-site work is intended to occur between May 2018, and December 2018. Selection of an A/E firm to design this project is pending. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Bowman Hall Mechanical and Building Improvements
Completed in 1962, Bowman Hall is a large classroom and administrative office building used primarily by the College of Arts and Sciences. Over the past fifty years, the 82,000 sf building was partially renovated, projects included a 2004 chiller plant, new windows, new fire alarm system and various interior refresh projects. The majority of the building’s HVAC system is a two-pipe fan-coil and unit ventilator system that is original. This project is replacing that failing HVAC system with a new central air handling unit and VAV boxes with a new duct distribution system. In addition, a fire suppression system is being installed throughout the building. Over half of the ceilings and light fixtures in the offices and classrooms were original and are being replaced. The newer lay-in ceilings in the remainder of the building may be reused after above ceiling work is complete. Regency Construction Services, Inc. is serving as the Design-Builder of this project. This Capitally-funded, Design-Build project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

C-Science Commuter Parking Lot Expansion
The existing C-Science commuter parking lot on the Kent Campus is being expanded to accommodate space for an additional one hundred forty (140) cars in the adjacent Johnston Drive parking lot. Perrin Asphalt Company's construction will resume as weather permits. This project was designed by Environmental Design Group, LLC. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

DeWeese Health Center Renovations for Kent State of Wellness
The lower level, where SAS was formerly located, of DeWeese Health Center will be renovated as phase 1 of this project. The second floor Health Promotion area will also be renovated for additional Psychological Services patient rooms, as phase 2. New walls that reach up to the ceiling will be installed, necessitating abatement, upgrades to HVAC, plumbing, lighting, controls, fire alarm system, as needed, and finishes to individual spaces sized such that they can function as office and/or clinic rooms. Contractors' bids for construction will be opened on August 15. This project was designed by David Ports Architect. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Dix Stadium and Murphy-Mellis Fields Turf Replacements
The Dix Stadium (Football) and Murphy-Mellis (Field Hockey) fields have reached beyond their life expectancies and are presenting both drainage and safety concerns. The Dix Stadium Field will be replaced with an infill turf system with minor modifications to base and drainage systems. The Murphy-Mellis Field is being replaced with low profile turf; SCG Fields on-site work continues through early August. The contract was recently awarded for the Dix Stadium field to AstroTurf Corporation and on-site construction must be completed by August 1. This project was designed by ThenDesign Architecture, Ltd. This General Contracting Project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

East Liverpool Mary Patterson Building Nursing Office Renovation
The project involves the renovation of ten (10) private offices in the Mary Patterson Building for the faculty and administrative functions of the Kent State University at East Liverpool Nursing Program. Alex Downie & Sons Company's on-site construction is underway this summer. This project was designed in-house by the Office of the University Architect. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

East Liverpool Puriton Hall Window Replacement
At the East Liverpool Campus, the windows in Purinton Hall are being replaced with an energy-efficient, thermally-broken, fixed aluminum storefront system with insulated glazing. AB Specialties, Inc. dba AB Window and Door's on-site construction continues through summer. This project was designed in-house by the Office of the University Architect. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Geauga Main Classroom Building Roof Replacement
At the Geauga Campus, the Main Classroom Building's deteriorating roofing system, including the insulation, coverboard, membrane, and flashing, will be removed and replaced and minor masonry repairs will be completed. Tusing Builders' on-site construction is underway. This project was designed by Van Auken Akins Architects, LLC. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Kent Campus Classroom, Laboratory, Auxiliary Buildings and Utility Assets Energy Conservation Project, Phase Two
Phase Two (2) of the original Kent Campus Energy Conservation Project enables Kent State University to reach the twenty percent (20%) energy savings goal established in House Bill 251. In 2012, Kent State University’s Board of Trustees approved implementation of the full cost scope to meet the HB 251 energy saving goals. Prior university funding obligations led to project phasing. Phase Two is the last phase needed to meet the original goal and will provide solutions for best in class Power Plant operations, substantial retirement of deferred renewal and expected savings/revenue of over $12 million after sixteen (16) years. The scope of Phase Two includes select LED retrofits, HVAC and infrastructure enhancements, select window and roof replacements, envelope repairs, Enterprise Optimization System at the combined heat and Power Plant. The Amendments to The Brewer-Garret Company's Performance Contract and their Limited Scope Services Agreement were awarded last summer and construction is well underway.

Kent Campus Master Plan
The Kent Campus of Kent State University has an enrollment of 28,981 students, houses 6,453 students on the 900-acre campus. The Kent Campus includes 128 buildings or structures, of which 74 are major academic buildings. The campus, founded in 1910, witnessed a major expansion in the 1960s with more than 50 buildings constructed. A video showing the decades of growth for the campus can be found at this YouTube link: Kent State - 100 years. While multiple, large-scale planning efforts have been completed over the last ten years, the University last completed a comprehensive facilities master plan in 1996 and wishes to complete a new plan as the campus begins its second century. A copy of the 1996 master plan can be found at the following website address: Kent Campus Master Plan, June 1996. The goal of the master plan is to identify a long-range plan which builds on recent improvements associated with the Foundations for Excellence Initiative http://www.kent.edu/foundations, the City of Kent’s transformation of the downtown business district and reinforces the university’s strategic priorities of “students first”, a “distinctive Kent State”, global competitiveness, regional impact and organizational stewardship. More information on these priorities is located here: http://www.kent.edu/strategicvisioning#priorities. The facilities master plan will guide the alignment of university resources and capital investments with the objectives set forth in the university’s strategic roadmap. The development of the plan will take about a year to complete. As this process begins, input from our Kent State community is an important step. The university wants to consider ideas from all stakeholders as we determine its facility priorities for the next decade. You can provide feedback through an interactive website via the Consultant, SmithGroupJJR, PLLC. This site will allow you to select locations on a map of the Kent Campus and then make your comments. You will also find updates on the planning process as it moves forward. Questions should be directed to Michael Bruder, Executive Director, Facilities, Planning and Design, at: mbruder@kent.edu. SmithGroupJJR, PLLC is developing the Kent Campus Master Plan.

Kent Center for the Performing Arts Speech Pathology and Audiology Addition and Renovation
The addition and renovation of the Kent State Center for the Performing Arts A-Wing will provide a more organized program for student and patient accessibility and services provided by the School of Speech Pathology and Audiology. The addition will also give a public access point for those visiting and will allow for more functional space within the suite for additional clinic and observation rooms. A new addition with a drop-off area and canopy will be built at the west end of the A-Wing, and the existing reception and west lab spaces will be renovated. The contract was recently awarded to Town Center Construction, LLC and construction will continue through early January. This project was designed by Van Auken Akins Architects, LLC. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Lake and Olson Halls Roof and HVAC Replacements and Student Room Improvements
For the interiors of both Lake and Olson Halls, their two-pipe HVAC systems are being replaced with new, four-pipe systems and new fan coil units. Improvements to the student rooms and corridors include abatement of flooring material, installation of new carpeting, and painting the walls. For the exteriors of Lake and Olson Halls, their roofs are being removed and replaced with new roofing systems. These are Design-Build projects with construction underway this summer. Braun & Steidl, Architects, Inc. is serving as the Criteria Architect for both of these projects. The Ruhlin Company is serving as the Design-Builder. These Design-Build projects are being managed via OAKS-CI.

MAC Center Fire Alarm System Replacement
The entire fire alarm system at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center) will be replaced and the facilities will be upgraded to meet current code requirements. B & J Electric of Poland's work continues through fall. This project was designed by EPIC Engineering Group, LLC. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Moulton Hall Renovations for Public Health
To provide properly-equipped lab, instructional, and supporting research space for continued growth of the College of Public Health and to consolidate COPH from disjointed areas of campus, the north wing of Moulton Hall is being renovated. Work includes painting and installation of carpeting in the Dean's suite on the first floor, new instructional labs and associated support space on the second floor, and new research lab, BSL-3 simulation lab and associated support space on the third floor. Stitle Construction Corporation's on-site construction is underway. This project was designed by Payto Architects, Inc. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Multiple Science Buildings Renovations and Addition
The construction of a new Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) and the renovations of three existing science buildings, Cunningham, Smith and Williams halls, were developed as a single project to provide a cohesive approach to science instruction and research space in these areas. 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, Karpinski Engineering, Inc. is the Commissioning Agent, and Doty & Miller Architects & Planners, Inc. is the LEED Process Consultant. These projects will be registered with the USGBC for minimum Silver LEED certification. These Construction Manager at Risk projects are being managed via OAKS-CI. As construction continues, the following are details for each individual building:

     Cunningham Hall Renovations (Biological Sciences)
     Major facility repairs are nearing completion in Cunningham Hall that address the building envelope, life safety systems, HVAC system replacements and building electrical infrastructure systems. Additionally, selected instruction laboratories were completely renovated. The first phase of work, which includes a new ADA elevator and lobby addition, commenced last September and was completed at the start of Fall Semester 2016. The instructional laboratories were included in the construction effort over the this year.

     Integrated Sciences Building
     The Integrated Sciences Building project construction commenced last fall with the initial site utility, excavation and deep foundation package. The second GMP Amendment work is underway for the balance of the building which is to be completed by June 2017. ISB will be opened for classes for Fall Semester 2017. A shelled-out basement was accepted by JPOC as an add alternate to the project. This shelled-out space will provide for future research growth in the building.

     Smith Hall Renovations (Physics)
     
Major facility repairs are nearing completion in Smith Hall that address the building envelope, life safety systems and HVAC system replacements. Additionally, selected instruction laboratories were completely renovated to enhance instruction and the student experience in the building. Construction of a previous building envelope package was completed last spring which included concrete and masonry restoration and a roof replacement. Matching the current budget and with the support of the JPOC, the final scope of the remaining renovation work was identified for this building. An extensive effort was undertaken to replace the former two-pipe hydronic mechanical system with a modern, forced-air system more suitable for a modern research and instructional building. In addition, a major restroom renovation corrects the accessibility, gender and fixture count issues from the original building design. Construction commenced last September and will be completed in August. Smith Hall was ready for Fall Semester 2016 and the Physics Department returned to the building from their temporary location on the fifth floor of the Library.

     Williams Hall Renovations (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
     Major facility repairs continue in Williams Hall to address the building envelope, life safety systems, HVAC system replacements and building electrical infrastructure systems. Additionally, selected instruction laboratories are being completely renovated to enhance instruction and the student experience in the building. The air handler replacement, vacuum pump and air compressor work has been completed in the basement. Work associated with the connection of Williams Hall to the Integrated Sciences Building is following a similar schedule to the ISB, which started last September with demolition of the western entry canopy and south stair tower. With the support of the JPOC, the final scope of the remaining renovation work was identified for this building to align with the proposed budget.

Rockwell Hall Air Handling Unit 3 Replacement
The failing, roof-mounted air handling unit number 3 is being removed and replaced with an energy-efficient model. Building Integrated Services, LLC on-site construction is underway. This project was designed in-house by the Office of the University Architect. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting Project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Schwartz Center Career Services Renovation
Additional space is needed for University College in the Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE). Relocating some of the staff to the Schwartz Center is achievable by building-out offices within the existing Career Services suite 261 and eliminating some oversized and under-utilized spaces. This project also includes aesthetic upgrades to the suite to provide some consistency with the look of the newly-renovated CUE. Feghali Brothers, LLC on-site construction is underway and continues into fall. This project was designed by Domokur Architects. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Stark Fine Arts Building Addition and Renovations
Built in 1972, the Stark Fine Arts Building is a 65,000 sf two-story structure which houses the Theater, Art, and Music programs, along with general classrooms, faculty and staff offices. The two-story addition, located on the east side, will encompass approximately 13,500 sf and be primarily devoted to the Music department, generally accommodating practice rooms, offices, performance spaces and classrooms. Selected areas in the existing building formerly used by the Theater, Art and Music departments is also being renovated. Theater department renovations include new multi-use rigging, updated costume design areas, and a new sound and lighting classroom. Art department classroom renovations include a shop area dust collection system, an exterior production area, and interior gallery spaces. Renovations will also take place in various areas currently used by the Music department. Site development includes pedestrian walkways, lighting and landscaping. VendRick Construction's construction is underway. This project was designed by Hasenstab Architects, Inc. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Stark Library Ceiling and Lighting Replacements and Sprinkler Installation, Phase 1
At the Stark Library, ceilings and lighting is being replaced and a sprinkler system installed in the main floor and half of the second floor. SPG, Inc. dba St. Clair/Pavlis Group's on-site construction is underway, This project was designed by PTA Engineering, Inc. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Stark Main Hall Elevator Modernization
Modernization of the Stark Main Hall elevator involves replacement of the electromagnetic controls with a microprocessor control system, the AC to DC generator with a variable drive AC motor, re-roping the hoistway, and a new cab on the existing sling, code upgrades for fire service, and installation of new lanterns and call stations at each floor. Contractors' bids for construction that were opened on July 24 were rejected and this project will be re-bid. This project was designed in-house by the Office of the University Architect. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Student Center Air Handling Units 8, 8 1/2 and 9 Replacements
The Student Center's existing air handling units AC-8, AC-8 1/2, and AC-9 were at the end of their life span and failing. This project replaces the units, modifies the existing ductwork, replaces the valving and piping to the units, and updates the controls for the units. The new units will provide the necessary ventilation requirements and increase performance with reduced energy consumption. Mielke Mechanical's work is underway for this project that was designed by Scheeser Buckley Mayfield, LLC. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Student Recreation and Wellness Center Pool Pak Units Replacement
For the Student Recreation and Wellness Center pools, two pool pak energy recovery dehumidification units will be removed and replaced. The outside condensing units, wiring, piping, controls and connection ductwork will be removed and replaced and vibration control measures will be taken. Contractors' bids for construction that were opened on July 13 were rejected and this project will be re-bid. This project was designed by Scheeser Buckley Mayfield, LLC. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Taylor Hall Rehabilitation
The 65,564 square foot Taylor Hall on the Kent Campus formerly housed the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED), the College of the Arts, the School of Communication Studies, and the May 4 Visitors' Center. Built in 1967, this facility had undergone several partial renovations; however, many portions of the building and its infrastructure were original. A large portion of the building was vacated last summer when the CAED moved into their new building. The configuration and needs of the building were accessed and the rehabilitation of the building was investigated to house the School of Visual Communications Design (VCD), as well as the other departments that will remain within the building. Some programmatic functions of VCD will still housed in the adjacent MACC Annex building. The overall plan for this building addresses the condition of the existing facilities, as well as overall campus planning goals. Jeffrey Carr Construction's. work is progressing for this project that was designed by Bialosky + Partners Architects, LLC. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Terrace Hall Second Floor Renovations
The second floor of Terrace Hall is being prepared to accommodate studio space for 200 fashion students which must be available for use for Fall Semester 2017 classes. Selective demolition opens-up the floor plan for larger studio spaces, the ceiling will be an exposed structure. Floor and wall finishes will be modest with the majority of the construction focused on space reconfiguration and MEP infrastructure. The project scope is limited to the second floor and penthouse. The first floor is currently occupied by ROTC and will be occupied throughout construction. DS Architecture is serving as the Criteria Architect/Engineer for this project. Regency Construction Services, Inc. is serving as the Design-Builder. This Design-Build project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Trumbull Library-Theater Building HVAC Replacement
The existing air handling units for the Trumbull Library-Theater Building have operated beyond their useful lives, falling short of the building's performance needs. Coils and drain pans are leaking, and valves and controls are in need of replacement; this replacement will improve energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and reliability of the air distribution system for this facility. The two, multi-zone air handling units will be removed and replaced with two new units, including new VFDs, associated piping, valving, controls, and ductwork. Antenucci, Inc.'s on-site construction is underway. This project was designed by Karpinski Engineering, Inc. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Trumbull Main Classroom Building Roof Replacement
The Trumbull Campus Main Classroom Building's roofing system and large building fascia will be removed and replaced. Terik Roofing, Inc.'s on-site construction should be completed by the end of August. This project was designed by Braun & Steidl, Architects, Inc. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Tuscarawas Campus Site Development
Kent State University at Tuscarawas' campus encompasses 170 acres and includes four major buildings connected by east/west pedestrian walks. Five major interconnected parking lots exist, primarily south of Founders Hall and north of the campus loop road, Founders Hall Drive. This Project consists of site development to include a new vehicular boulevard entrance from University-owned frontage along East High Avenue eastward towards Founders Hall Drive. A new intersection at East High Avenue and 21st Street, new campus entry signage, pedestrian sidewalks, roadway landscaping, and a bridge crossing Beaver Dam Creek will be included. Landscaping shall also be designed and provided along the new access drive to provide a buffer for the adjacent residential properties to the south. Exterior lighting and associated stormwater drainage shall also be included. Evans, Mechwart, Hambleton & Tilton, Inc. (EMH&T) is designing this project. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Verder Hall HVAC and Student Room Improvements
Verder Hall was dedicated in 1957. Over the past ten years, Residence Services has invested funds to address critical safety needs such as fire alarm, fire door, power systems and room security improvements as well as invested in major shower and toilet room improvements, elevator replacements and accessibility enhancements. With this project, Residence Services will replace the HVAC system and make student room improvements. This project will also include renovations to the first floor studio spaces. Construction for the HVAC and student room improvements must happen during the summer of 2018. Design for the first floor studios will not begin until the fall of 2017. As a result, the construction schedule for this space may be phased differently than the student room improvements. The anticipated schedule listed on the RFQ assumes both the student rooms and the first floor studios are completed at the same time. The proposed project will include the demolition of the existing, two-pipe heating-only units with the installation of new, four-pipe heating and air conditioning fan coil units along with the associated piping, power and temperature control infrastructure. This project will extend chilled water from Prentice Hall to Verder Hall. The existing asbestos-containing floor tile within the resident rooms and corridors will be replaced with carpet tile floor finishes. The Design-Builder will be responsible for managing the temporary removal and storage of the student room furniture, as well as returning it to the rooms after construction. All heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems will be designed to meet the university’s energy and sustainability goals. The Project and Cost of Work value includes the renovation of the first floor. The Program of Requirements (POR) was developed by the Criteria Architect/Engineer - an in-house team from the Office of the University Architect. Kent State recently selected Turner Construction Company to serve as the Design-Builder. This Design-Build Project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Verder Hall Roof and Exterior Masonry Repairs
Verder Hall's existing roof is being removed and replaced. Masonry on the south and east facade of Verder Hall is being repaired. The NE stair exterior masonry wall is being completely rebuilt. The reroofing drawings and specifications were completed in-house by the Office of the University Architect and drawings for the exterior repair work were drafted by THP Limited, Inc. Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal's on-site construction is underway. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.