Description of Projects under Design or Construction

Administrative Services Building Partial Re-Roof KSU-20L031
A section of the Administrative Services Building roof and insulation will be removed and replaced. This involves 9,252 SF of roof tear-off and new, tapered insulation and cold tar roof replacement. FMD Architects, Inc. designed this project. The contract was recently awarded to Terik Roofing, Inc. and work will commence as weather permits. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Airport Runway Lighting Renovation KSU-20L022
The Airport runway lighting system will be replaced and electric service and regulator will be installed from the new FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center. Michael Baker International, Inc. designed this project. The contract award is pending with the Apparent Low Bidder, Jess Howard Electric Company, for construction bids that were opened on Tuesday, February 25. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

College of Business Administration New Building KSU-18L048
Creating a signature gateway entrance to the Kent Campus includes the construction of a new home for the College of Business Administration (COBA). Kent State is working with a real estate development team that is assuming responsibility for financing, designing, constructing and operating the new College of Business Administration building, in what is referred to as a ‘P4’ approach (public-private partnership plus philanthropy). Following an extensive design and finance competition, Signet Real Estate Group was deemed to have provided the proposal with the best overall value and most cost-effective approach for delivering what is envisioned as the marquee building of the first phase of the Gateway to a Distinctive Kent State Master Plan. At this time, Signet is providing pre-development services including pre-construction estimating, schematic design, design development, and construction documents. Signet Real Estate Group is the P4 Project Developer, Perkins + Will with The Collaborative, Inc. are the design team, and Turner Construction Company and Ozanne Construction Company are serving as the Construction Management team.

College of Podiatric Medicine HB-7 Energy Conservation Project No. KSU-20L026
Facilities and equipment upgrades at the College of Podiatric Medicine will be implemented to meet or exceed the 20% energy reduction goals established by House Bill 251 legislation. Energy conservation measures could likely include: lighting retrofits/select replacements, installation of occupancy sensors, boiler upgrades, HVAC controls and retro-commissioning, water conservation measures, building envelope improvements, and potentially renewable energy sources. Utilizing HB-7 allows for low interest funding and payback of selected ECMs through energy savings over a maximum period of 15 years. Kent State University is contracting with The Brewer-Garrett Company. This Design-Build Energy Conservation Project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Design Innovation Hub and Dining Rehabilitation KSU-18S084
The exterior of the Art Building, vacated in the fall of 2017, is comprised of a translucent structural sandwich panel system. Major building systems are past their intended lifespan, energy inefficient, and a drain on maintenance resources. As part of the Gateway to a Distinctive Kent State Master Plan, the entire building is being stripped down to the original steel structure, a new building envelope is being installed, and an entirely new interior and infrastructure will be transformed into a state-of-the-art, student-centered, Design Innovation Hub and Dining building. The new facility will focus on design-thinking and entrepreneurship across multiple academic disciplines to include advanced collaborative workspaces and maker spaces. In addition, the building will include a large dining venue for students, faculty and staff; this multiple food venue dining area will seat approximately 350 people. Dining activity will bring vibrancy and social interactions to the building occupants to enhance the cross-pollination of disciplines and foster creative thinking. The building’s location in the heart of campus and along Lefton Esplanade has the potential to transform and update this area of campus through improved site design, landscape architecture, and by addressing issues with the building service needs. The renovated building set a minimum LEED Silver Certified goal. Domokur Architects is the Architect/Engineer, Heapy Engineering is the Commissioning Agent, and Gilbane Building Company is the Construction Manager at Risk of the project. Construction continues through June. This Capitally-funded, Construction Manager at Risk project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

East Liverpool Purinton Hall Roof Replacement KSU-19S301
The existing Koppers roof on East Liverpool's Purinton Hall has repeatedly failed, causing leaks down through the building. According to the last infrared scan of the roof, approximately 85-90% of the insulation is wet, reducing it's effectiveness. The current roof is approaching warranty expiration, and a new system is necessary. During the summer of 2020, the roof and insulation will be removed and replaced with a new roofing system. This project was designed by the Office of the University Architect with assistance from AEGIS Building Consulting and Commissioning, LLC. The contract was recently awarded to N. F. Mansuetto & Sons, Inc. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

East Main Street Parking Deck KSU-18L110
As part of the Gateway to a Distinctive Kent State Master Plan, the university plans to create a re-imagined central gateway to campus from Main Street and to extend the iconic, historic Front Campus landscape along East Main Street. This transformed area includes a new building for the College of Business Administration, a new parking deck, renovations to White Hall, the removal of surface parking lots and re-aligned Terrace Drive to create a bucolic, pedestrian focused green space in this area. Current plans call for an approximate four-story, 1,100 car parking deck with vehicular access on levels one, two and three from surrounding roads at different elevations. The design team will work collaboratively with the surrounding project designers to develop a contextually sensitive and functional parking deck design to support the transformation of the campus landscape in this district. Vehicular movements within and around the deck to minimize congestion, as well as pedestrian and mass-transit access to the facility, are important aspects of the design. Payto Architects, Inc. drafted preliminary designs of this project. On Tuesday, March 10, Kent State interviewed three shortlisted Design-Build firms: Carl Walker Construction, Inc., Donley's, Inc., and The Apostolos Group, dba Thomarios. This Design-Build project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Eastway to Science Mall Connector KSU-20L035
Residence Hall students walking from the Eastway Complex do not have a walkway to connect them to the Science Mall. Consequently, they walk through the Library R-6 parking lot, causing pedestrian and vehicular conflicts; this is especially an issue at class change. This project involves installation of a sidewalk from the Eastway Complex to connect to the Science Mall. Kent State is currently contracting with Environmental Design Group, LLC to design this project. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Eastway Residence Halls Window Replacements and Masonry Repair KSU-18L133
Eastway Complex is comprised of four residence halls: Allyn, Clark, Fletcher and Manchester halls; these buildings were built in 1963. The original windows and storefront systems will be replaced and portions of the masonry envelope will be repaired. Upgrades to these systems are in line with the university’s sustainability goals. The glazing systems have ACM materials within their glazing compounds and perimeter sealants and their removal will require proper abatement procedures. Construction is nearing completion in Allyn and Clark halls. During summer 2020, construction is scheduled to occur in Fletcher and Manchester halls to allow minimal disruption to summer housing needs. Stitle Construction Corporation is serving as the Design-Builder. This Design-Build project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Franklin Hall 326 Renovation for Digital Sciences and IdeaBase KSU-20L015
The College of Communications and Information (CCI) is looking to relocate their School of Digital Sciences offices and the student design agency, IdeaBase, to Franklin Hall third floor to act as a centerpiece for tours and recruitment. IdeaBase’s current downtown Kent lease expires June 2020. The School of Digital Sciences offices will be vacating space on the Library’s third floor. Franklin Hall 326, 326A, 328 and 334 (approximately 2,090 SF) will be renovated to create a modern and branded area. Work includes removal of existing partitions and walls, construction of new walls, new ceiling, new finishes, new furniture, modifications to HVAC, new power, data and lighting. Van Auken Akins Architects, LLC designed this project. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Gateway Master Plan Program Management Services KSU-18L144
The Ruhlin Company is providing program management and oversight services associated with the staged implementation of the Gateway to a Distinctive Kent State Master Plan construction initiative. The capital program includes the planning, programming, and implementation of various renovation, demolition, and construction projects related to buildings, infrastructure, roadways and grounds throughout the Kent Campus which are anticipated to be undertaken over the next three years, and possibly beyond. A summary of the master plan and projects associated with this initiative can be viewed on the A Transformed KSU website.

Integrated Sciences Building and Cunningham Hall Research Expansion KSU-19S010
The Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) opened for Fall Semester 2017 classes. The 57,000 gross square foot building provides both instructional and research laboratories for interdisciplinary sciences of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, and Physics while providing an iconic presence and new front door for the sciences along Kent State’s Science Corridor. The original design and construction provided an additional 13,500 square foot of unfinished space in the basement for strategic expansion of research laboratories. The major infrastructure systems for HVAC, electrical distribution, and laboratory utilities were designed with capacity for this planned expansion and build-out. Similarly, a 2,140 square foot area on the third floor of Cunningham Hall was provided for a future research laboratory build-out. Research expansions will contain laboratories, offices, and laboratory support areas following an interdisciplinary approach for materials science research and biology. This research expansion is one of the transformative projects of the Gateway to a Distinctive Kent State Master Plan. Research expansions in both ISB and Cunningham Hall will directly support and provide a physical presence for the Brain Health Research Institute and support Advanced Materials research. Ayers Saint Gross, PC designed this project. Shook Construction Co. is serving as the Construction Manager at Risk. This Capitally-funded, Construction Manager at Risk Project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Kent Hall Animal Lab Air Handler and Chiller Replacement KSU-19L166
Kent Hall’s indoor air handler and air-cooled chiller for the animal lab suite, installed in 1995, will be removed and replaced with new, efficient units to fit the existing space. Wright Engineering, LLC designed this project. Prout Boiler, Heating & Welding's construction is underway. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Library Second Floor New eSports Space KSU-19L122
Students' interest and demand have increased for the University to provide a location for an inter-state eSports Varsity Play league. This project will transform the Library rooms 205, 219, 223, 223A, and 224A into an eSports Varsity Play space. This project was recommended for approval by the University SPACE Committee. Payto Architects, Inc. designed this project. The contract award is pending with the Apparent Low Bidder, Stitle Construction Corporation, for construction bids that were opened on Wednesday, March 25.  This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

MACC Annex Pedestrian Courtyard KSU-20L065
The Memorial Athletic and Convocation (MAC) Center/ MACC Annex courtyard area serves as a pedestrian walkway, delivery drop-off, as well as the main dumpster location for Lake and Olson Halls, the MAC Center, and the MACC Annex. The area is in disrepair with broken concrete, there are not enough locations for dumpsters, and often mixes a major pedestrian thoroughfare with garbage trucks. The area needs more defined areas and safer separation of cars, trucks, and pedestrians converging in the area. Environmental Design Group, LLC designed this project. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

MACC Annex Partial Roof Replacement KSU-20L036
Sections of the MACC Annex roof will be removed and replaced. Prime AE Group, Inc. designed this project. Contractors' re-bids for construction will be opened on Thursday, April 16. ATTENTION BIDDERS:  Due to current public health conditions and in accordance with the Ohio Department of Health’s declaration of no mass gatherings, Kent State University is utilizing technology to broadcast public bid openings. Bidders are encouraged to drop off their bids from 9:30 am until 11:00 am on Thursday, April 16, 2020 where bids will be time-stamped upon entry. Bids will be opened at 11:00 am for viewing on the following web conference link: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting: Call 1-330-349-5345 United States, Akron (Toll) Conference ID: 780 560 171# This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Mathematical Sciences Building Envelope Repairs KSU-20S028
Moisture build-up within the Mathematical Sciences Building's masonry walls has caused localized brick system failure, thus causing the interior drywall to fail. With moisture present, there are concerns conditions will continue to deteriorate the building and encourage mold growth. This multi-phased project over the next two summers will address the damage caused by excessive moisture. Phase one involves repairing damaged masonry portions, removing masonry at the steel column locations to infill with new weather barrier, and restoring the masonry. THP Limited, Inc. designed this project. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Regional Campuses Master Plans KSU-19L084
Several of Kent State University’s Regional Campuses have master plans dated back to the 1990s. An updated plan for each Regional Campus is required in order to define current and upcoming campus needs and to provide insight into how the campus plan will help achieve university strategic goals. A consultant firm is preparing multiple regional campus master plans for the next ten to twenty years. Each master plan is considering enrollment projections, research goals, instructional space capacity, and overall space utilization efficiency. SmithGroup, PLLC is serving as the master plan Consultant.

Rockwell Hall Addition and Renovation for the School of Fashion KSU-18S143
Built in 1928, with subsequent additions in 1958 and 1990, Rockwell Hall houses both the School of Fashion and Merchandising and the Kent State University Fashion Museum. The 104,000 square foot building does not meet the current instructional and programmatic needs of the growing school. This project will focus on adding 20,000 to 30,000 sf of new instructional and lab space and renovating the existing areas. The Program of Requirements for the project is complete. A key feature of the project will be a new 400-seat lecture hall and a prominent pre-function space connecting a new arrival point to the existing iconic atrium. As a key project in the Gateway to a Distinctive Kent State Master Plan, this renovation will strengthen the university’s connection to downtown Kent along the Lefton Esplanade and present an enhanced architecture and landscape design in the historic Front Campus neighborhood. DS Architecture, LLC  is designing this project and Regency Construction Services, Inc. is serving as the Construction Manager at Risk. This Capitally-funded, Construction Manager at Risk project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Solar Energy Power Purchase Agreement for Seven Regional Campuses KSU-19L806
A Solar Power Developer will develop and operate turnkey large solar photovoltaic systems potentially located at seven of Kent State University Regional Campuses: Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas. Kent State Office of the University Architect is currently negotiating with TEN NINE Energy, LLC for the Solar Photovoltaic Power Purchase Agreement. Renewable Energy Systems Design-Build Power Purchase Agreement: Install, own, maintain and operate the systems in accordance with O.R.C. 3345.61, .62, .63 and 3345.65. Basic scope: Ground mounted, fixed mount or single axis tracking, solar PV installations on sites of six Regional Campuses and rooftop or canopy solar PV systems at East Liverpool Campus. Preferred maximum 25 year total PPA contract, but will consider longer contracts to maximize savings over grid supplied electric power.

Stark Main Hall New Entry and Elevator KSU-18S604
Stark Main Hall’s existing elevator is original to the building; it does not serve all the floors within the building, is not the proper size to meet current ADA requirements, and is insufficient for use by emergency responders. A new entry and elevator shaft will be built on the South facade of Main Hall and a new, ADA-compliant, 3,500 pound passenger elevator will be installed to connect all five floors of the building. Hasenstab Architects, Inc. designed this project. RBS General Contracting, LLC's work on the project commenced in December and continues through spring. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Student Center Renovations, Phase I KSU-19L127
The 288,000 square foot Kent Student Center opened in 1972 and is the primary center of student activity on campus. Over the past 47 years, the building has undergone many minor renovations to update its appearance and functionality to better serve students. Recently, the university completed a visioning and master planning exercise and intends to execute several phased projects to re-imagine the Student Center into a state-of-the-art hub of student life. The primary challenges to the rehabilitation of the building are costly deferred maintenance and bringing the facility to current code compliance. The goals of the multi-phased project are to identify a strategic approach to complete the asbestos abatement, install fire-protection systems, and update the infrastructure throughout the building. At the same time, each phase will re-program existing spaces as appropriate to new functions and update interior finishes and furniture. Phase I is focused on “The Market” space which currently houses a dining operation that will move to another facility on campus in 2020. The project includes approximately 13,000 square of renovation to address deferred maintenance while providing new student-centered facilities for student organizations, outreach centers, and casual study. Moody-Nolan, Inc. designed phase 1 of this project. The Albert M. Higley Co., LLC, is serving as the Construction Manager at Risk. Starting Monday February 10, the main loading dock of the Student Center will be closed to the majority of deliveries due to construction within the receiving/back of house areas of the Student Center. These deliveries will be rerouted to the second floor Student Center loading dock. Deliveries times will be coordinated as best as possible to before 10 am to help minimize conflicts, but there will be potential parking impacts to the R- 11 lot. This work will continue through April, but the dock should resume availability in late March. This Construction Manager at Risk project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Student Recreation and Wellness Center Chilled Water Extension KSU-20L040
The Student Recreation and Wellness Center's existing absorption chiller is original to the building, circa 1999, and has reached beyond its service life. The chiller has experienced an increasing number of mechanical failures and has become unreliable. This project involves the extension of the chilled water utility through the existing tunnel from the Summit Street Power Plant (SSPP) to the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) for HVAC cooling loads. All of the necessary pumps, controls, and hardware will be permanently removed from the existing absorption chiller at the SWRC, taking it out of service and removed from the building. By extending chilled water service from the Power Plant, maintenance of equipment will be reduced, and is the lowest initial cost option. Scheeser Buckley Mayfield, LLC designed this project. The contract was recently awarded to S. A. Comunale Co., Inc. and construction is underway. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Terrace Drive Road Realignment KSU-19L036
As part of the Gateway to a Distinctive Kent State Master Plan, the university plans to create a re-imagined central gateway to the Kent Campus from Main Street and to extend the iconic, historic Front Campus landscape along Main Street. This transformed area includes a new building for the College of Business Administration (COBA), a new parking deck, renovations to White Hall, and the removal of surface parking lots to create a bucolic, pedestrian focused green space in this area. To achieve this vision, the university will close Terrace Drive from Main Street and realign approximately 900 feet of the road to connect to Midway Drive, concurrent with the COBA and parking deck projects. In addition, the landscape, green space, and pedestrian improvements in this area will be constructed as part of this project. The design team will work collaboratively with the surrounding project designers to develop a beautiful and functional site response to support the transformation in this district and redefine the campus landscape in this area. SmithGroup, PLLC designed this project. Contractors' bids for construction will be opened on Friday, April 17. This multi-phased, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Trumbull Library Window and Door Replacement KSU-19S704
Windows and doors in the Trumbull Library-Theater Building will be replaced. This project involves removal and replacement of the existing punched opening, single pane windows and doors. Sara Stucky Sayner, Architect, LLC designed this project. Stitle Construction Corporation's onsite construction will commence in spring. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Trumbull Main Classroom Building New Elevator KSU-19L703
The existing elevator within the Trumbull Main Classroom Building is small, outdated and does not meet current ADA requirements. The current elevator shaft size and its location do not permit expansion of the existing unit, therefore requiring the need to prepare a new location for the elevator. This project involves interior renovations to construct a new elevator shaft and install a new elevator within the building. SoL Harris/Day Architecture, Inc. designed this project. United Contractors of North East Ohio, Inc.'s construction continues through spring. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Twin Towers Window Replacement KSU-20L042
Built in 1966, the Twin Towers Center Complex is home to two Residence Halls: Beall and McDowell Halls. Over the past sixteen 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 original windows and storefront systems as well as repair portions of the masonry envelope. The planned upgrades to these systems are in line with the University’s sustainability goals. The glazing systems have ACM materials within their glazing compounds and perimeter sealants and their removal will require proper abatement procedures. Construction will be planned over summer 2021 and if necessary, summer 2022 to allow minimal disruption to summer housing needs. Kent State is currently reviewing qualifications of firms interested in serving as the Design-Builder of this project. This Design-Build project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Utility System Assessment and Valuation KSU-20L050
Kent State University seeks qualified firms to submit qualifications related to Utility System Assessment and Valuation. The utility systems at Kent State’s Kent Campus (Regional Campuses are not part of this scope) include chilled water, steam, domestic water, sanitary sewer, storm water, electricity, natural gas, and fuel oil. This Utility System Assessment and Valuation will include all equipment upstream of the meter and include all chillers, boilers and associated pumps. This Utility System Assessment and Valuation will be used as a planning tool and possibly support material for any possible outsourcing of utility system operation. On Monday, March 16, Kent State interviewed four consulting firms: H. F. Lenz Company, RMF Engineering, Inc., Scheeser, Buckley Mayfield, LLC, and The Osborn Engineering Company.

White Hall Mechanical and Building Improvements KSU-19S062
Built in 1966, White Hall is a large classroom and administrative office building used primarily by the College of Education, Health and Human Services. The 130,000 square foot building has received various partial renovations and interior refresh projects over the past 50 years. The majority of the building’s original HVAC system are 2-pipe fan coils / 2-pipe unit ventilators with a limited air-handling system. This project will replace that failing system with a central air handling unit and VAV boxes with a new duct distribution system. In addition, the design team will assess and estimate costs to install a replacement chiller plant, fire suppression, and fire alarm systems throughout the building. Interior ceilings and other finishes will replaced, as necessary, to accommodate the new piping and ductwork. Kent State Office of the University Architect developed the project’s Program of Requirements and is acting as the Criteria Architect/Engineer. This project will be designed in several phases to align with funding allocations for the project over several years. Donley's, Inc. is serving as the Design-Builder. This Capitally-funded, Design-Build project is being managed via OAKS-CI.