Center for the Visual Arts, Payto Architects Receives ALA Design Award | Kent State University

Center for the Visual Arts, Payto Architects Receives ALA Design Award

CVA InteriorThe Center for the Visual Arts, which had its grand opening in 2016, was recently awarded the ALA (Association of Licensed Architects) Merit Award in the Institutional category.  The 2017 ALA awards honored two Payto Architects projects.

Both the Kent State University Center for the Visual Arts (CVA) and KSU'S Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, OH were featured in the winter edition of ALA Magazine.  Payto Architects and Kent State University are extremely honored to be included on the list of honorees.

For Jerry Payto, involvement with the CVA project was especially meaningful, as he graduated from Kent State in 1968, majoring in architecture with a minor in art. “This project was an opportunity I never imagined would happen in my lifetime,” he says. “It brings things full circle for me, personally and professionally. It’s probably been the most gratifying project that I’ll experience in my lifetime.”

The Center for the Visual Arts was also awarded the LEED Silver Certification.  

What is LEED?

LEED is the Green Building Rating system established by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). It seeks to promote healthful, durable, affordable, and environmentally sound practices in building design and construction.

How is a Building Evaluated?

Each building is given a rating of Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum based on the number of points it earns by qualifying for credits. The credits are divided into 7 categories, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation in Design and Regional Priority.