Description of Projects under Design or Construction
Airport New Academic Maintenance Hangar KSU-20L017
The Aeronautics Program at Kent State University has a vision born of a fundamental mandate to serve as the leading academic program in aviation at the tertiary level in Ohio. As such, the Aeronautics Program strives to advance aviation by providing an outstanding education in aviation that produces a cadre of highly competent professionals to operate the National Airspace System in the 21st century and beyond. To support the successful and expanding Aeronautics Programs, the university will construct a new 16,000 s.f. multi-purpose hangar building. The new, pre-engineered metal building will include two high bay spaces - one for instruction and one for airplane maintenance - and a series of support spaces including classroom, classroom support, and operational support spaces. As a key project in the Gateway to a Distinctive Kent State 10-Year Master Plan and in the FAA-approved Airport Master Plan, this new facility will continue the advancement of the Aeronautics Program following the recent completion of the FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center. Kent State is currently reviewing qualifications of Architectural and Engineering firms interested in designing this project. 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. Kent State is currently negotiating an A/E Agreement with Michael Baker International, Inc. to design this project. 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. The design phase is projected to conclude in August 2019. 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. Until 11:00 a.m. local time on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, Kent State University will be accepting proposals from Energy Service Companies interested in this project. This 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 2020. This Capitally-funded, Construction Manager at Risk 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. The university is evaluating several different contractual models to construct the parking deck which will affect the scope of the final contract with the A/E firm. Payto Architects, Inc. is drafting preliminary designs of this project. This 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.
Field House Turf Replacement KSU-19L087
The Field House existing indoor field turf was installed in 2003. The turf and padding will be removed and replaced with new synthetic turf, shock pad, and infill to match specifications of new turf at Dix Stadium. Rubber transition will be provided at existing track surface and the existing asphalt base and crown will remain. This project was designed by OSports. The contract award is pending with the Apparent Low Bidder, FieldTurf USA, for construction bids that were opened on Wednesday, August 21. 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 is designing 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. Contractors' bids for construction will be opened on Tuesday, October 15. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.
McGilvrey Hall Elevator Addition KSU-19S025
At 78 years old, McGilvrey Hall's existing elevator is very small, does not accommodate emergency rescue equipment, is not fully ADA accessible, does not access all occupied floors of the building, cannot be tied-in to the planned fire alarm system replacement, and finding parts to keep it in operating condition is very difficult. It is not likely to remain in usable condition much longer and will be decommissioned when the new elevator is put into operation. An accessible entrance and elevator for McGilvrey Hall will be installed between the two existing building wings and the existing loading dock area will be infilled. Payto Architects, Inc. designed this project. Lakeland Management Systems, Inc.'s on-site construction continues through mid-November. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.
McGilvrey Hall Fire Alarm Upgrade KSU-19S108
A completely new fire alarm system is being installed in McGilvrey Hall. Hilscher-Clarke Electric Company is serving as the Design-Builder of this project. Work continues through the end of the year. This Capitally-funded, Design-Build 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 500-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. On October 17, Kent State will be interviewing three shortlisted Architecture/Engineering firms: Domokur Architects, DS Architecture, LLC and Hasenstab Architects, Inc. Until Friday, November 8, Kent State will be accepting qualifications from Construction Manager at Risk firms interested in this project. This Capitally-funded, Construction Manager at Risk project is being managed via OAKS-CI.
Rockwell Hall Roof Replacement KSU-18S136
Rockwell Hall's existing roofing system was no longer repairable. The existing, built-up roofing system and roof insulation is being removed and replaced with a new, more durable, warrantable, and energy efficient roofing system. A weather barrier, metal wall panels and metal coping cap are being installed. Van Auken Akins Architects, LLC designed this project. Boak & Sons, Inc.'s on-site construction continues this fall. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.
Salem Main Classroom Building Areas A, B, E, G, and U Re-Roof KSU-19S502
Areas A, B, E, G, and U of the roof on the Salem Main Classroom Building will be removed and replaced with a new roofing system including new insulation. This project was designed in-house by the Office of the University Architect. Tusing Builders, Ltd.'s on-site construction continues through mid-November. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.
Solar Energy Power Purchase Agreement for Seven Regional Campuses KSU-19L806
Proposals were submitted by Solar Power Developers are under review for the development and operation of 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 reviewing proposals for this 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 20 year total PPA contract, but will consider longer contracts to maximize savings over grid supplied electric power. All proposals shall be valid for ninety (90) days subject to action by the University. Limited Scope Service Agreement and Energy Production Guarantee: Minimum term until the conclusion of the PPA contract period, project-wide Limited Scope Service Agreement for the deployed solar PV systems, including an energy production guarantee for the system implemented in the Performance Contract. Developer will retain rights to SRECs.
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. The contract award is pending with the Apparent Low Bidder, RBS General Contracting, LLC, for construction bids that were opened on Friday, September 27. 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 proposed 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. Kent State is contracting with Moody-Nolan, Inc. to design phase 1 of this project. The Albert M. Higley Co., LLC, is serving as the Construction Manager at Risk. This Construction Manager at Risk 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 is designing this project. This Construction Manager at Risk project is being managed via OAKS-CI.
Trumbull Library-Theater Building Window and Door Replacement KSU-19S704
Windows 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. Contractors' bids for construction will be opened on Friday, October 18. 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. The contract award is pending with the Apparent Low Bidder, United Contractors of North East Ohio, Inc., for construction bids that were opened on Thursday, October 3. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.
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.