Taking Shape

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Renovations to Existing Science Buildings

Necessary preservation measures are being made to the three existing science buildings on the Kent Campus: Smith, Cunningham and Williams halls. These buildings were constructed in the late 1960s and require critical renovations to address deferred maintenance issues.  The project will address HVAC, electrical, fire protection and detection and building envelope upgrades, ADA accessibility, code compliance upgrades and targeted improvements to teaching and laboratory spaces.  All renovations are scheduled to be completed July 2017. 

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The Integrated Sciences Building will house classrooms, labs, research lab space and faculty offices. It will be adjacent to the Student Green and Williams hall, and will wrap around and connect to the existing Williams Hall in the Science Corridor. The building will be approximately 57,000 gross square feet with an additional 13,500 square feet in an unfinished basement. The building is scheduled to be completed in July of 2017. 

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College of Architecture and Design


Douglas L. Steidl, dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Kent State University, provides an update to the ongoing design process of the college's new building. The building is expected to be completed by fall 2016.


Center for the Visual Arts


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. The building will be completely open for classes in Spring 2016.


Building Dedications


The Aeronautics and Technology Building, which opened in spring 2015, is the new facility for Kent State University's 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.


Center for Undergraduate Excellence

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


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