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Completed Projects

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY AT STARK - SCIENCE AND NURSING BUILDING

The building consists of approximately 41,140 square feet of new space and renovations to approximately 5,250 square feet. The new building supports the Science and Nursing programs at Kent State Stark, including the science teaching and research laboratories, and nursing laboratories and classrooms. The building also includes general and computer classrooms, faculty offices and a student cyber lounge.

AERONAUTICS AND TECHNOLOGY BUILDING

The Aeronautics and Technology building is the new facility for the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology. The building is approximately 55,200 gross square feet and includes air traffic control training rooms in a lower level, classrooms and shop areas on the first floor, and faculty offices and classrooms on the second floor. The building was completed in December 2014. 

An event was held in April 2015 to celebrate the opening of the building.

CENTER FOR UNDERGRADUATE EXCELLENCE

Prominently located on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade, Olson Hall is home to University College. The previous office and meeting space was completely renovated beginning Spring 2014 and includes a new addition featuring an open common area for students and Wi-Fi bars. The Center for Undergraduate Excellence was completed in March 2015. 

An event was held in April 2015 to celebrate the opening of the building and its dedication as the home to University College.

Center for the Visual Arts— Future Home for the School of Art

The new Center for the Visual Arts will combine two existing buildings (Van Deusen Hall and the Art Annex/Power House). Through repurposed and new construction, we will unify the college's studio, classroom and gallery spaces, currently located in various buildings across campus, under one roof. The facility includes approximately 115,000 square-feet of space that will provide access to the range of media, resources and expertise that have distinguished the school for tradition, innovation and technologies. Construction has begun and is expected to be completed in late summer 2015.

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Completed Projects

 

Aeronautics and Technology BuildingAeronautics and Technology Building

The Aeronautics and Technology building is the new facility for the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology. The building is approximately 55,200 gross square feet and includes air traffic control training rooms in a lower level, classrooms and shop areas on the first floor, and faculty offices and classrooms on the second floor. The building was completed in December 2014. 

An event was held in April 2015 to celebrate the opening of the building. 

Center for Undergraduate ExcellenceCenter for Undergraduate Excellence

Prominently located on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade, Olson Hall is home to University College. The previous office and meeting space was completely renovated beginning Spring 2014 and includes a new addition featuring an open common area for students and Wi-Fi bars. The Center for Undergraduate Excellence was completed in March 2015. 

An event was held in April 2015 to celebrate the opening of the building and its dedication as the home to University College.

Tri-Towers Sky LoungesTri-Towers Sky Lounges

Koonce and Wright Halls now have new sky lounges on the 10th floor of each building. The gathering areas are just over 3,000 square feet. 

A dedication ceremony was held on October 15, 2014 to commemorate the finishing of renovations for Tri-Towers.

Field House Locker Room

The 12,000-square foot addition, added to the south side of the Field House, will provide locker rooms for field hockey, softball, women's soccer and men's and women's track and field/cross country athletes. The building also includes coaches' locker rooms, athletic training facilities and a new entryway into the Field House.

Kent State University coaches and athletes joined university administrators and donors for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 25, 2014 to celebrate the opening. The Field House addition was the initial phase of the Kent State Athletic Department's "Building Champions" initiative.

 
The Lester A. Lefton EsplanadeThe Lester A. Lefton Esplanade

The Lester A. Lefton Esplanade is part of the solid partnership between Kent State University, the City of Kent, and PARTA. 

The Esplanade officially ends at Haymaker Parkway. However, through a coordinated planning effort with the city of Kent, a new crosswalk and traffic signal have been installed to align with the Esplanade on the city road and allow pedestrians to cross Haymaker safely into downtown.

May Prentice House & Poetry Park

As the new home of the Wick Poetry Center, the May Prentice House has been restored and renovated to provide a larger and more flexible space for Wick programs and community use. In addition to housing the Wick staff and intern offices, the house offers a state-of-the-art digital classroom, the Stan and Tom Wick Library, the Jo Woodward Reading Room, and a third-floor Poet's Loft for quiet reflection and student conferences.

The "Seated Earth, 2014" sculpture is featured in the Poetry Park adjacent to the Wick Poetry Center's new home. The 12-foot bronze sculpture was designed and donated by Kent State alumnus, former art faculty member and Wick Poetry Center co-founder Robert Wick.

Dedication was held September 26, 2014 to celebrate the Poetry Center's new home.

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Student Green Student Green 

The Student Green project with the expanded lawn area creates an attractive, student-centered space at a major "front door" to campus. The new Student Green extends from the recently renovated Risman Plaza to the lawn area south, creating a contiguous green space from the current student center plaza to Summit Street. It includes a performance stage that is intended to support student use. The stage projects back into the main campus with the new Student Green area and student center plaza serving as a backdrop.

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center

This brand new, state of the art hotel features 94 guest rooms and suites, including amenities such as complimentary WiFi, fitness center, indoor pool and spa, and room service. The Hotel's Conference Center features over 5,000 sq feet of flexible event and meeting space, a 10 seat boardroom, and complimentary 24-hour business center. The space is ideal for conventions and conferences, as well as weddings, parties or other events. The Hotel's own restaurant, Zenas, and the lounge-Nineteen10, are located on the first floor of the hotel and feature chef-styled cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. These eateries are open to the public as well as hotel guests.

 
 
PARTA Multimodal Facility  PARTA Multimodal Facility  

The project includes the construction of a new bus transfer facility in downtown Kent with parking spaces to support planned development. The facility will include commercial space and bicycle storage to improve transit accessibility in Kent and linkages to Cleveland and Akron. The Kent Central Gateway improves connections between city neighborhoods, Kent State University and downtown Kent. The project also expands travel options and connects multiple modes of transportation.