Description of Projects under Design or Construction | Kent State University

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. Contractors' bids will be opened on June 12 for construction and installation of an Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) that reports real-time weather data to pilots. Michael Baker International, Inc. designed this project. This General Contracting project is anticipated to be funded through a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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. The goal of this project is to design and construct a new, free-standing building that will 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. The contract award is pending with the Apparent Low Bidder, Hummel Construction Company, for construction bids that were opened on April 20. AECOM Services of Ohio, Inc. designed this project. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Ashtabula Main Hall Auditorium Renovation KSU-18S202
The existing auditorium in Ashtabula's Main Hall is outdated, therefore limited in its functionality. The stage does not meet ADA standards, seating has surpassed its life expectancy, and the technology is outdated. The Auditorium will be 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 will be removed. Van Auken Akins Architects, LLC designed this project . This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Bowman Hall Mechanical and Building Improvements KSU-17S022
Bowman Hall's failing HVAC system is being replaced with a new, central air handling unit and VAV boxes with a new duct distribution system. In addition, a fire suppression system is being installed throughout the building. Over half of the ceilings and light fixtures in the offices and classrooms and are being replaced. Summer 2018 renovations involve the first floor offices and classrooms, including installations of new HVAC systems, additional fire suppression, new lay-in ceilings and lighting. Regency Construction Services, Inc. is serving as the Design-Builder of this project. This Capitally-funded, Design-Build project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

College of Podiatric Medicine Re-Roofing KSU-18L039
The College of Podiatric Medicine's roofs are original to the building construction in 1979; the shingles are at the end of their lifespan and incurring frequent repairs. The membrane roofs are also due for replacement and must be done to coordinate with sloped roofs due to the details required. The connectors were poorly constructed and a source of frequent leaks. This project involves tear-off and replacement of the sloped shingle roofs and flat membrane roofing on the three major sections of the building. The two connectors, which were added at the third floor level when the 3rd floor attic spaces were built-out, will be reconstructed. E. Lee Construction's on-site construction commenced on May 14. Payto Architects, Inc. designed this project. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Dix Stadium Women's Lacrosse Locker Room Renovation KSU-17L112
Women's Lacrosse is a new addition to Kent State University Intercollegiate Athletics' competitive sports teams, beginning the fall of 2018. There is not adequate space in the Field House to accommodate the new team's locker room. Dix Stadium room 104 is being renovated for the new KSU Women's Lacrosse team locker room. Renovations include mechanical and plumbing updates, new ADA restroom, new lighting, flooring and new wood lockers for 35 players. Feghali Brothers, LLC's construction commenced on April 16 and continues this summer. PTA Engineering, Inc. designed the engineering portions of this project. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

East Liverpool Purinton Hall HVAC and Sanitary Sewer Improvements KSU-17S301
In East Liverpool's Purinton Hall, the existing HVAC system is being replaced because it no longer performs to keep the building comfortable; many components are past warranty and replacement parts are no longer readily available. The sanitary system was investigated for cross-connections. York-Mahoning Mechanical Contractors' on-site construction commenced on May 14. Scheeser Buckley Mayfield, LLC designed this project. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Gateway 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 utilize $5.5 million to 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 and Williamson House must be removed and the site prepared by June 2019. The demolition of these two buildings requires the relocations of the Fashion School studios and ROTC offices from Terrace Hall and the Women’s Center and Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS) office from Williamson House. This project will relocate these departments to new and renovated facilities at several, yet to be determined, locations on campus. The selected design team will collaborate 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. The project may include up to three separate construction locations. Until May 29, Kent State University will be accepting qualifications from Design-Build firms interested in this project. This Design-Build Project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Innovation Hub (Zone) and Dining Rehabilitation KSU-18L084
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. This project proposes stripping the entire building down to the original steel structure, installing a new building envelope, and an entirely new interior and infrastructure to house a state-of-the-art, student-centered, 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. Kent State is negotiating contracts with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson as the A/E and with Gilbane Building Company to serve as the Construction Manager at Risk for the project. This Construction Manager at Risk project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Kent Campus Classroom, Laboratory, Auxiliary Buildings and Utility Assets Energy Conservation Project, Phase Two KSU-16L091
Phase Two of the original Kent Campus Energy Conservation Project enables Kent State University to reach the twenty percent (20%) energy savings goal established in House Bill 251. Phase Two is the last phase needed to meet the original goal and will provide solutions for best in class Power Plant operations, substantial retirement of deferred renewal and expected savings/revenue of over $12 million after sixteen (16) years. The scope of Phase Two involved select LED retrofits, HVAC and infrastructure enhancements, select window and roof replacements, envelope repairs, Enterprise Optimization System at the combined heat and Power Plant. The Brewer-Garret Company's Performance Contract and their Limited Scope Services Agreement work continues through June with the LED retrofitting of light poles along the Front Campus area..

Kent Campus Road Rehabilitation KSU-18L085
Many of the Kent Campus roadways have received increased traffic with the construction detours caused by the Summit Street Improvements project. As a result, Loop Road, Johnston Drive and Janik Drive will be repaired and repaved. Karvo Companies' on-site construction commenced on May 14; please prepare for additional travel time around campus and cautiously follow detour signage for road and lane closures. View a map of the impacted area here. This project was designed by Karpinski Engineering, Inc. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Library Third Floor Renovations for CCI Dean's Suite KSU-17L042
Space on the third floor of the Library, behind the School of Library and Information Sciences (SLIS), is being renovated to accommodate the College of Communication and Information (CCI) Dean's office, student huddle space, grant space and conference areas. New furniture, new finishes, and MEP systems are being installed for the fit-out. CCI will move Digital Sciences into the SLIS space now occupied by the CCI Dean's office to bring the School, Digital Sciences, and CCI together into shared space. Stitle Construction Corporation's construction commenced during spring break and continues through June. Moody-Nolan, Inc. designed this project. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

MACC Annex Basketball and Volleyball Development Center KSU-18L053
This project will renovate the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MACC) Annex space that was recently vacated by the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. A new, 10,000 square foot multi-sport development center with multiple practice court configurations will be built to support Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Volleyball programs. The space will utilize a new athletic wood floor to match the performance characteristics of the competition court 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 the University’s athletic teams. The project also includes lighting modifications and the existing HVAC (heating only) system will remain. The university will also consider re-roofing and HVAC system replacement for the area of work. Kent State University is contracting with Braun & Steidl, Architects, Inc. to design this project. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

MACC Center-hung Video Board Replacement KSU-18L055
The existing center-hung video board system in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MACC) will be replaced with a new system. The existing system is outdated and cannot support new technologies. The new video board system will be adaptive for all five sponsored programs that host competitions in the venue and create an improved fan experience. Kent State is contracting with The Osborn Engineering Company, OSPORTS Division to design this project. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Mathematical Sciences Building Parking Lot Renovation KSU-18L067
The layout of Mathematical Sciences Building parking lot was redesigned to improve circulation. This project is part of phased construction in this area of campus and will coordinate and finish connections to both the Summit Street Improvements and the Smith Hall Renovations projects. Perrin Asphalt Company's on-site construction commenced on May 14. This project was designed by Knight & Stolar, Inc. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Rockwell Hall Replacement of Building Chillers KSU-17S076
At Rockwell Hall, the steam absorber chiller for the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising and the electric chiller for the KSU Fashion Museum were operating past their useful lifespan and were replaced with a new multi-stack chiller. S. A. Comunale Company's work is nearing completion. Currently, the sidewalks in the area are being replaced. This project was designed by the Office of the University Architect and Scheeser Buckley Mayfield, LLC. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting Project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Salem Classroom Building Academic Services and Learning Center Renovation KSU-17S502
The Academic Services and Learning Center areas are being relocated and renovated in the Main Classroom Building of Salem Campus. Academic Services will have new offices and conferencing space for all student service functions. The Learning Center will have new group study and collaboration spaces for the benefit of student teaming, leaning, and curricular assistance. Stitle Construction Corporation's on-site work commenced on May 14. This project was design in-house by the Office of the University Architect. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Salem Classroom Building Partial Roof Replacement – Areas C and F KSU-17L501
Salem Classroom Building roofing systems in areas C and F were out of warranty and exhibiting substantial failure. Roof leaks were on-going and the existing seams/membrane cannot be effectively repaired. The project entails partial tear-off and replacement of the existing roof areas identified as "Roof Areas C and F." Tear-off includes all insulation and flashings down to the structural roof deck of the building. Roof insulation is being upgraded to meet current building codes and standards. Cardinal Maintenance Roofing's construction commenced this spring and continues this summer, as weather permits. This project was designed by Van Auken Akins Architects, LLC. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Stark Fine Arts Building Addition and Renovations KSU-16S601
Built in 1972, the Stark Fine Arts Building is a 65,000 sf two-story structure which houses the Theater, Art, and Music programs, along with general classrooms, faculty and staff offices. The two-story addition, located on the east side, encompasses approximately 13,500 sf and is primarily devoted to the Music department, accommodating practice rooms, offices, performance spaces and classrooms. Selected areas in the existing building formerly used by the Theater, Art and Music departments are also being renovated. Theater department renovations include new multi-use rigging, updated costume design areas, and a new sound and lighting classroom. Art department classroom renovations include a shop area dust collection system, an exterior production area, and interior gallery spaces. Site development included pedestrian walkways, lighting and landscaping. VendRick Construction's construction continues. The addition was finished by the start of spring semester; all renovations are scheduled for completion by this summer. This project was designed by Hasenstab Architects, Inc. This Capitally-funded, General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Stark Main Hall Elevator Modernization KSU-17L603
Modernization of the Stark Main Hall elevator involves replacement of the electromagnetic controls with a microprocessor control system, the AC to DC generator with a variable drive AC motor, re-roping the hoistway, and a new cab on the existing sling, code upgrades for fire service, and installation of new lanterns and call stations at each floor. Stitle Construction Corporation's on-site work commenced on May 14 and must be completed by early August. This project was designed in-house by the Office of the University Architect. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Summit Street Parking Lots, Phase III KSU-15L061
As part of the long-range plan for the campus area along Summit Street, Phase III of this project allows for the final expansion of the Kent Student Center visitors’ parking lot and reconfiguration of the East-half of the South Campus Center Drive commuter parking lots. Construction commences in early June and the parking lots must re-open by mid-August. Regency Construction Services, Inc. is the Design-Builder of this project. This Design-Build 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. The contract award is pending with the Apparent Low Bidder, Tucson, Inc., for construction bids that opened on April 19. Evans, Mechwart, Hambleton & Tilton, Inc. (EMH&T) designed this project. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.

Tuscarawas Founders Hall A-, G-, and H-Wings Roof Replacement KSU-16S808
Severe winter weather caused deterioration of the Tuscarawas Founders Hall roof areas 'A', 'G', and 'H'. The existing roof is beyond its warrantied life expectancy and portions of the roof are severely leaking. The roof is being replaced with an EPDM and sloped insulation system; this project follows replacement of the Founders Hall A-Wing Cooling Tower. Campopiano Roofing Company's on-site construction commenced on May 14. This project was designed by Van Auken Akins Architects, LLC. This Capitally-funded, 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.

Williams Hall Research Lab 302 Renovations KSU-18L047
The laboratory in 302 of Williams Hall is being renovated and modernized for a new research faculty member. Stitle Construction Corporation's construction commenced during spring break and continues through early summer. This project was designed in-house by the Office of the University Architect. This General Contracting Project is being managed via OAKS-CI.