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Description of Projects under Design or Construction

Airport Automated Weather Observation System KSU-18F041
At the Kent State University Airport, accurate and current weather data is critical for pilot safety, especially during take-off and landing. This project provides for construction and installation of an Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) that reports real-time weather data to pilots. Hilscher-Clarke Electric Company's on-site construction continues through winter, as weather permits. Michael Baker International, Inc. designed this project. This General Contracting project is funded through grants from the Federal Aviation Administration and ODOT and is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Airport New Classroom Building KSU-16L084
The Kent State University Airport is used by two flight schools: (1) the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability, and Technology's flight technology program, which provides professional aeronautical training to Kent State University students enrolled in the Aeronautics program; and (2) Commercial Aviation, which provides flight training to the local community. The current instructional facilities are inadequate and inefficient for the growing enrollment in the KSU program. As part of the Gateway to a Distinctive Kent State Master Plan, the new, free-standing Airport Aeronautics Academic Center is being built to provide space for state-of-the-art instruction and improved aspects of the Airport operations. The approximately 17,000 SF building will include classrooms, flight simulators, faculty and administrative offices, airport operations offices and student, pilot and passenger support spaces. Hummel Construction Company's construction is scheduled to be completed before the start of Fall Semester 2019. AECOM Services of Ohio, Inc. designed this project. Watch the construction progress via the Aeronautics Academic Center Web Cam. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Ashtabula Main Hall Auditorium Renovation KSU-18S202
Ashtabula Main Hall's auditorium was outdated; therefore, limited in its functionality. The stage did not meet ADA standards, seating had surpassed its life expectancy, and the technology was outdated. The Auditorium is being renovated and upgraded to meet the current and future needs of the Ashtabula Campus. The scope of work includes ADA access, all new finishes, seating for 200 and updated technology. Since it will no longer be needed, the existing stage is being removed. Stitle Construction Corporation's on-site construction continues through winter. Van Auken Akins Architects, LLC designed this project . This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Ashtabula Main Hall Corridor B100 Renovation KSU-19L202
The project involves the renovation of corridor B100 in Ashtabula Main Hall. The scope of work includes replacement of the mosaic floor, removal of vinyl wall covering, replacement of windows on two floors, replacement of the ceiling and lighting, and installation of a sprinkler system. Contractors' bids for construction will be opened on Thursday, April 25. Payto Architects, Inc. designed 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. Schematic design (SD) workshops are complete and in early February, the SD phase documents were submitted. 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 Manager.

Design Innovation Hub and Dining Rehabilitation KSU-18S084
The Art Building was vacated in the fall of 2017 upon renovation of Taylor Hall for the School of Visual Communication Design and School of Communication Studies. The existing 1972 Art Building, comprised of a translucent structural sandwich panel system, is currently unoccupied in anticipation of a complete rehabilitation. 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 will be stripped down to the original steel structure, a new building envelope will be installed, and an entirely new interior and infrastructure will house 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 venue will seat approximately 350 people served through multiple food venues. The 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 the 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 building will be LEED Silver certified as a minimum goal. Domokur Architects is serving as the Architect/Engineer and Gilbane Building Company is serving as the Construction Manager at Risk for the project. Heapy Engineering is serving as the Commissioning Agent. Construction is underway. This Capitally-funded, Construction Manager at Risk project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Dunbar Hall Air Conditioning KSU-19L022
Dunbar Hall was constructed in 1959. Three years ago, the hot water hydronic system was replaced, vertical fan coil units were installed, and improvements were made to student rooms; however, at that time, there was no plan to extend chilled water infrastructure to the building. This project will air condition Dunbar Hall by extending the chilled water system, running chilled water piping throughout the building, and replacing 2-pipe vertical fan coil units with 4-pipe vertical fan coil units. Finish work will be limited to patching/repairing adjacent construction. All work is planned for summer 2019. All rooms must be completed and ready for occupancy by Friday, August 2, 2019. Professional design services are under a separate contract with Dynamix Engineering, Ltd. All heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems will be designed to meet the university’s energy and sustainability goals. Gilbane Building Company is serving as the Construction Manager at Risk for this project. This Construction Manager at Risk Project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Eastway Residence Halls Window Replacements and Masonry Repair KSU-18L133
Kent State University’s Eastway Complex is home to four Residence Halls: Allyn, Clark, Fletcher and Manchester Halls; these buildings were constructed in 1963. Over the past fourteen 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 is scheduled to occur during summer 2019 and summer 2020 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.

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 University’s Gateway 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 (3) 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.

Gateway Master Plan Phase I Enabling Projects KSU-18L132
The Kent State University Board of Trustees approved a 10-year facilities master plan on March 7, 2018. Known as the Gateway to a Distinctive Kent State, Phase I of the plan consists of approximately $220 million of new and renovated facilities. This project will begin the enabling projects associated with the Midway Drive gateway area and the adjacent new buildings. The university is moving forward with the design of these new buildings and campus landscape plan under separate contracts. In order to maintain an effective construction schedule for these larger, transformative projects, Terrace Hall must be removed and the site prepared by June 2019. The demolition of this building requires the moving of the Fashion School studios to the MACC Annex (under separate contract) and ROTC offices out of Terrace Hall and relocated to a renovated area which was formerly the Glass Studio in the Schwartz Center. The design team is collaborating with appropriate stakeholders on campus to assist the campus administration in determining suitable locations for these programs in alignment with the proposed schedule and budget. Construction Support Solutions, LLC is serving as the Design-Builder. This Design-Build Project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Integrated Sciences Building and Cunningham Hall Research Expansion KSU-19S010
The Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) opened for classes in the fall of 2017. 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 the University’s Science Corridor. The original design and construction provided an additional 13,500 square feet of unfinished space in the basement for strategic expansion of research laboratories. The major infrastructure systems for HVAC, electrical distribution, and laboratory utilities have been 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. The planned research expansions will contain the 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 in the university’s Gateway to a Distinctive Kent State Master Plan. The proposed research expansions in both Cunningham Hall and ISB will directly support and provide a physical presence for the Brain Health Research Institute and support Advanced Materials research. Kent State is currently contracting with the Architectural/Engineering firm Ayers Saint Gross.  This Construction Manager at Risk Project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

MACC Annex Basketball and Volleyball Development Center and Fashion Design Studio Relocation KSU-18L053
The Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MACC) Annex will be renovated to create a new, 10,000 square foot multi-sport development center with multiple practice court configurations to support Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Volleyball programs. New lighting modifications and new athletic wood flooring will be installed to match the performance characteristics of the competition courts in the MAC Center. The development center will be fully enclosed with wall partitions to deck to provide acoustic privacy for the teams and surrounding academic areas, but will encourage visual connections, through glass openings, to promote a sense of pride and excitement in Kent State’s athletic teams. Relocation of the School of Fashion Design studios and classrooms was added to this project, since the space will be adjacent to the Basketball and Volleyball Development Center. Studios and classrooms will be built on the first floor and also on a new second level. New egress tie-in of the second floor, new men's and women's restrooms, and a new, two-stop elevator will be added. Infinity Construction Company's onsite work is underway. Braun & Steidl, Architects, Inc. designed this project. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

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 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 university seeks a design team to 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 selected firm. On April 24, Kent State will be interviewing four, shortlisted Architect/Engineer firms interested in assisting with the design of this project: Bostwick Design Partnership, IKM Incorporated, Moody*Nolan, Inc., and Payto Architects, Inc.

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. This project will provide an accessible entrance and elevator for McGilvrey Hall between the two existing building wings and infill the existing loading dock area. The contract award is pending with the Apparent Low Bidder, Lakeland Management Systems, Inc., for construction bids that were opened on Wednesday, April 10. Payto Architects, Inc. designed this project. 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 will be installed in McGilvrey Hall. Until Wednesday, May 1, Kent State will be accepting qualifications with DB proposals from firms interested in serving as the Design-Builder of this project. This Capitally-funded, Design-Build project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

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

Rockwell Hall Roof Replacement KSU-18S136
Rockwell Hall's existing roofing system is no longer repairable. This project involves removal of the existing, built-up roofing system and roof insulation and replacement with a new, more durable, warrantable, and energy efficient roofing system, This project also includes the installation of a weather barrier, metal wall panels and metal coping cap. Van Auken Akins Architects, LLC designed this project. The contract was recently awarded to Boak & Sons, Inc.. On-site construction is scheduled to commence in May. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Satterfield Hall HVAC Replacement KSU-19S009
The existing HVAC system in Satterfield Hall can no longer maintain heating and cooling conditions nor humidity levels and it is very noisy. The first phase of this project will involve installation of a new central HVAC unit, piping and ductwork with VAV boxes located above the ceilings in each classroom on the first floor. The second phase of this project will continue installation of the new system on the second and third floors of the building. The contract award is pending with the Apparent Low Bidder, Stitle Construction Corporation, for construction bids that were opened on Tuesday, March 5. Dynamix Engineering, Ltd. designed this multiple-phased project. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Solar Energy Power Purchase Agreement for Seven Regional Campuses KSU-19L806
Kent State University will accept separate sealed proposals from Solar Power Developers for the development and operation of turnkey large solar photovoltaic systems potentially located at seven (7) of Kent State University Regional Campuses: Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas. Until 2 pm on Friday, May 24, 2019, Kent State Office of the University Architect will accept 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 Campus' existing Main Hall elevator is original to the building and the elevator does not serve all the floors within the building, nor is it the proper size for ADA or emergency responder usage. This project will require the construction of a new entry and elevator shaft on the South facade of Main Hall and installation of a new, ADA-compliant, 3,500 lb. passenger elevator to connect all five floors of the building. All construction bids which were opened on Tuesday, February 19 were rejected and the project is pending. Hasenstab Architects, Inc. designed this project. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Student Center Renovations, Phase I KSU-19L127
The 288,000 sf 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 plans to execute several phased projects to re-imagine the Student Center into a state-of-the-art hub of student life. The primary challenge to the rehabilitation of the building is costly deferred maintenance and bringing the facility to current code compliance. The goal of the multi-phased projects is to identify a strategic approach to complete the asbestos abatement, install fire-protection systems, and update the building 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 sf of renovation to address deferred maintenance while providing new student-centered facilities for student organizations, outreach centers and casual study. Until 4 pm on Friday, May 3, Kent State Office of the University will receive qualifications of both Architect/Engineer firms and also Construction Manager at Risk firms interested in this project. This Construction Manager at Risk project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Student Center Second Floor Restroom Renovations KSU-19L030
During the summer of 2019, the men's and women's restrooms on the second floor (rooms 215, 215-B, 219) of the Student Center will be gutted and completely renovated. Asbestos will be abated, chase walls will be rebuilt to eliminate structural cracking, and vertical piping will be removed and replaced. New tile finishes and flooring will be installed throughout each restroom. The new layout will meet ADA compliance requirements. The contract award is pending with the Apparent Low Bidder, Stitle Construction Corporation, for construction bids that were opened on Thursday, March 7. Van Auken Akins Architects, LLC designed this project. 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, Kent State 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 university seeks a design team to 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. Kent State is currently in contract negotiations with Smith Group, PLLC. This Construction Manager at Risk project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Trumbull Library and Link Window Replacement KSU-19S704
This project consists of two portions of the Trumbull Library Link Building windows. The Library portion of the project involves removal and replacement of the existing punched opening windows and doors. The Link portion of the project will maintain and refinish the curtain wall framing and replace the glazing and insulated metal panels. Kent State is currently contracting with Stucky Stayner Architects to design this project. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Trumbull Library-Theater Building HVAC Modifications KSU-18S704
In the Trumbull Library-Theater Building, the existing Carrier moduline VAV diffusers will be replaced with new VAV terminal boxes, new piping, controls and power to convert failed moduline units from a multizone configuration to a VAV distributed zone layout with reheat to provide better area temperature control and provide energy options and reductions. The contract award was recently awarded to York-Mahoning Mechanical Contractors, Inc. and construction commenced mid-February. PTA Engineering, Inc. designed this project. 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 Americans with Disabilities Act 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. was recently selected to design this project. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Trumbull Science and Technology Building Nursing Department Relocation and Renovation KSU-19L702
The Nursing program is currently located within the Trumbull Main Classroom Building near the Library Theater area. The existing area no longer serves the program properly and is in need of renovation. There are areas within the Science and Technology Building that are currently vacant and are appropriate in size for the full Nursing program to be consolidated into a single area. This project will renovate and develop areas within the Science and Technology Building for use by the Nursing program. 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, March 14. SoL Harris/Day Architecture, Inc. designed this project. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Tuscarawas New Campus Entry Road KSU-16L803
Kent State University at Tuscarawas' campus encompasses 170 acres and includes four major buildings connected by east/west pedestrian walks. Five major interconnected parking lots exist, primarily south of Founders Hall and north of the campus loop road, Founders Hall Drive. A new, vehicular boulevard entrance to the Tuscarawas Campus will be built from university-owned frontage along East High Avenue eastward towards Founders Hall Drive. A new intersection at East High Avenue and 21st Street, new campus entry signage, pedestrian sidewalks, roadway landscaping, lighting, stormwater protection, and a bridge crossing Beaver Dam Creek will be included. Landscaping will be installed along the new access drive to provide a buffer for the adjacent residential properties to the south. Tucson, Inc.'s on-site work continues through winter, as weather permits. Evans, Mechwart, Hambleton & Tilton, Inc. (EMH&T) designed this project. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Tuscarawas Founders Hall HVAC Upgrade KSU-18S801
The existing HVAC systems in Founders Hall on the Tuscarawas Campus will have mechanical system upgrades expected to be phased-in over a period of time; the existing electric-based system will be converted to a hydronic system. Modifications to the building may occur based upon available space and the Design Build team’s recommendations. Regency Construction Services, Inc. is the Design-Builder of this project. This Capitally-funded, Design-Build 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 sf building has received various partial renovations and interior refresh projects over the past 50 years. The majority of the building’s HVAC system is a two pipe fan-coils, two-pipe unit ventilators with a limited air-handling system that is original. 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 shall 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's Office of the University Architect will develop the project’s Program of Requirements; acting as the Criteria Architect/Engineer, the team will provide the RFP scope narratives, as well as participate in design meetings and construction observation. This project will utilize the Design-Build (DB) project delivery method and be completed in several phases designed by the DB firm to align with funding allocations for the project over several years. Kent State is contracting with Donley's, Inc. to serve as the Design-Builder. This Capitally-funded, Design-Build project is being managed via OAKS-CI.