Description of Projects under Design or Construction

Aeronautics and Engineering Building Addition KSU-20L089
The Aeronautics and Engineering Building houses classrooms, instructional and research laboratories, air traffic control simulation facilities, and academic administration offices and support spaces for the College of Aeronautics and Engineering. After the 55,000 SF building opened in 2014, an addition was planned to accommodate the program’s anticipated growth. This project will build an approximately 29,000 SF addition to provide additional research and instructional lab space, faculty and administration office space, as well as a 200-seat lecture hall. The existing footprint of the proposed addition is constrained by several underground utilities which cannot be relocated and must be protected during construction. A Program of Requirements is complete. A conceptual design has been approved and is being circulated to solicit philanthropic support for the project. On June 29, Kent State University will be interviewing three shortlisted architectural/engineering firms interested in designing this project: Ayers Saint Gross, DS Architecture, and Van Auken Akins Architects, LLC. Kent State University is currently reviewing qualifications of firms interested in serving as the Construction Manager at Risk for this project. This Construction Manager at Risk 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 was awarded to Jess Howard Electric Company; however, due to changes in The Ohio Department of Transportation Statewide Facilities program, this project is on hold due to budget constraints because of the COVID-19 pandemic situation. 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. This project is on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

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. The Brewer-Garrett Company was awarded the Energy Performance Contract, Service Agreement, Power Purchase Agreement, and Site Lease Agreement, and their work is undrway. 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, was comprised of a translucent structural sandwich panel system. Major building systems were 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 July. 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 its effectiveness. The current roof is approaching warranty expiration, and a new system is necessary. The roof and insulation are being 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. N. F. Mansuetto & Sons' onsite work is underway. 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. Kent State interviewed three shortlisted Design-Build firms: Carl Walker Construction, Inc., Donley's, Inc., and The Apostolos Group, dba Thomarios. This project is on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. 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. Contracting with Environmental Design Group, LLC to design this project which is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. 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 are being replaced and portions of the masonry envelope is being repaired. Upgrades to these systems are in line with the university’s sustainability goals. The glazing systems had ACM materials within their glazing compounds and perimeter sealants and their removal required proper abatement procedures. During the summer of 2019, construction was completed in Allyn and Clark halls. During summer 2020, construction is occurring in Fletcher and Manchester halls. Stitle Construction Corporation 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 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. Construction is complete in Cunningham Hall and construction is underway in the Integrated Sciences Building this summer. 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.

Library Second Floor New eSports Space KSU-19L122
Students' interest and demand increased for the University to provide a location for an inter-state eSports Varsity Play league. This project is transforming the Library rooms 205, 219, 223, 223A, and 224A into an eSports Varsity Play space. Payto Architects, Inc. designed this project.  Stitle Construction Corporation onsite construction continues this summer. 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. Perrin Asphalt Co., Inc. is the General Contractor. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

MACC Annex Partial Roof Replacement KSU-20L036
Sections of the MACC Annex roof are being removed and replaced. Prime AE Group, Inc. designed this project. Ray Roofing and Supply, Inc.'s, construction is underway this summer, as weather permits. 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. The contract award is pending with the Apparent Low Bidder for construction bids that were opened on Thursday, May 28. 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 project is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. This Capitally-funded, Construction Manager at Risk project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Solar Energy Power Purchase Agreement for Six Regional Campuses KSU-19L806
A Solar Power Developer is developing and will then operate turnkey large solar photovoltaic systems located at six of Kent State University's Regional Campuses: Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, and Trumbull. Kent State University is under contract with TEN NINE Energy, LLC for the Solar Photovoltaic Consultant Agreement, Site Lease Agreement, and Power Purchase Agreement. TEN NINE Energy will 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 five Regional Campuses and rooftop or canopy solar PV systems at East Liverpool Campus. Preferred maximum 25 year total PPA contract to maximize savings over grid supplied electric power. This project is under design.

Stark Main Hall New Entry and Elevator KSU-18S604
Stark Main Hall’s elevator was original to the building; it did not serve all the floors within the building, was not the proper size to meet current ADA requirements, and was insufficient for use by emergency responders. A new entry and elevator shaft is being built on the South facade of Main Hall and a new, ADA-compliant, 3,500 pound passenger elevator is being installed to connect all five floors of the building. Hasenstab Architects, Inc. designed this project. RBS General Contracting, LLC's work continues this summer. This Capitally-funded, 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 which is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. This multi-phased, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Trumbull Main Classroom Building New Elevator KSU-19L703
The elevator within the Trumbull Main Classroom Building was small, outdated and did not meet current ADA requirements. The elevator shaft size and its location did 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 this summer. 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 was planned to occur over summer 2021 and if necessary, summer 2022 to allow minimal disruption to summer housing needs. This project is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. 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. Kent State recently selected Scheeser, Buckley Mayfield, LLC as the Consultant for this project which is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

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 had 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.