Kent State University Center for Architecture and Environmental Design 11 a.m. - 3 p.m
Kent State University Center for Architecture and Environmental Design 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. *Guided building tours start on the hour at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. Meet for tours at main entrance vestibule (near the 1st-floor cafe), the entrance that faces South Lincoln (Fashion School)
132 S Lincoln Street Kent, Ohio 44242
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Visitors, alumni and friends from around the world will tour the 110,191-square-foot contemporary glass-and-brick building, stretching along the Lefton Esplanade from Lincoln Street toward downtown Kent. The center received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which will make it one of the largest buildings in Ohio to reach this high standard. Some of the features include a partial green roof to capture and recycle rain water, 131 geothermal wells (each 405-feet deep) to provide an efficient heating and cooling source for the building and glass curtain walls designed to optimize daylight while reducing the need for artificial light. The exterior contains 91,000 custom bricks produced by Ohio’s Belden Brick Co. that brings together colors exemplifying the strong and continuously growing relationship between the university and downtown Kent. The center brings exceptional design to Kent State’s architecture, architectural studies and interior design programs, and unites students and faculty from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design under one roof to serve as an educational model for design excellence. The distinctive building was conceived in 2012, when the university initiated an international competition. After more than a year-long process, internationally renowned New York-based firm WEISS/MANFREDI was named as the lead designer, Richard L. Bowen & Associates as the architect of record and Gilbane Building Co. as the construction manager. The Center for Architecture and Environmental Design opened in fall 2016.
PARKING: Parking is free in the Rockwell Hall R1 parking lot, off S. Lincoln Street at 515 Hilltop Drive. Parking is also available at May Prentice House Parking R-17 lot visitor spots available for use after restricted hours. Visitors can view the Kent State parking map and available spaces and times here: https://www.kent.edu/parking/kent-campus-parking-map.
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