Projects Completed in 2018 | Kent State University

Projects Completed in 2018

Kent Campus Master Plan KSU-17L001
The Kent Campus of Kent State University has an enrollment of 28,981 students, houses 6,453 students on the 900-acre campus. The Kent Campus includes 128 buildings or structures, of which 74 are major academic buildings. The campus, founded in 1910, witnessed a major expansion in the 1960s with more than 50 buildings constructed. A video showing the decades of growth for the campus can be found at this YouTube link: Kent State - 100 years. While multiple, large-scale planning efforts were completed over the last ten years, the university last completed a comprehensive facilities master plan in 1996. During their March 2018 meeting, the Kent State University Board of Trustees adopted a 10-year facilities master plan that embarks on a $1 billion transformative journey of the Kent Campus to better serve the needs of students and the entire Kent State community. The plan enhances the welcoming feel of the university’s iconic Front Campus and genuine sense of place, elevates inclusive healthy living-learning environments, links a campuswide series of spaces focused on innovation and expands the dynamic synergy with the city of Kent. The Kent Campus Master Plan would be implemented in three phases over the next decade and would guide the alignment of university and external resources and capital investments with the objectives set forth in Kent State’s strategic roadmap. In addition to building improvements and purpose-built classrooms, studios and labs, the plan includes a walkable campus core with new sidewalks and bike trails and proposes the extension of Kent State’s iconic Front Campus to include a signature Main Street gateway to the university. Anchoring the Main Street gateway is a new College of Business Administration building and the addition of green space and a modern parking deck to replace current parking lots near the gateway entrance. Closer to the city of Kent, an innovation zone is planned adjacent to the Starbucks/Captain Brady site. New 24/7 maker spaces, multidisciplinary studios and dining would form an innovation hub within the redesigned Art Building to meet student, faculty and staff needs. Teaching and learning enhancements include an addition to the Aeronautics and Technology building, a new Kent State University Airport classroom building, research lab expansion at the Integrated Sciences Building and dynamic renovations to the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center) and Kent Student Center, to name a few. The strategies were developed with broad input from a series of highly engaged town hall and community meetings, and numerous informational sessions were held to seek input from students, faculty and staff. This 10-year plan will touch every college on the Kent Campus and strengthen our connection to our home city of Kent. Details about the updated plan can be found at the A Transformed KSU website.

Kent Center for the Performing Arts Speech Pathology and Audiology Addition and Renovation KSU-16L113
The addition and renovation of the Kent State Center for the Performing Arts A-Wing provides a more organized program for student and patient accessibility and services provided by the School of Speech Pathology and Audiology. The addition also gives a public access point for those visiting and will allow for more functional space within the suite for additional clinic and observation rooms. A new addition with a drop-off area and canopy was built at the west end of the A-Wing, and the existing reception and west lab spaces were renovated. This project was designed by Van Auken Akins Architects, LLC and Town Center Construction, LLC was the General Contractor.

Pre-Qualified Architects List KSU-18L134
Kent State University Office of the University Architect pre-qualified firms to provide architectural and landscape architectural services for projects that are not advertised through the Ohio Register, or other media. This pre-qualification process determines the list of firms that will be eligible for award of contracts for the period covering July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020. Services will be in support of KSU design of projects, as well as support Local Administration of projects. Consultants are utilized for small projects, studies or criteria architects for design build or specialized tasks in which the A/E selection process would be unnecessarily cumbersome. Upon completion of the selection process, where appropriate, KSU will seek Controlling Board approval for total contract awards to each pre-qualified firm up to the amount of $250,000 for a two-year period. Each individual assignment may range in the amount of $25,000 - $75,000 per project; however, there are exceptions where fees for an individual assignment exceed $75,000. The number of pre-qualified architectural consultants and landscape architectural consultants selected through this process is within the discretion of KSU. While the pre-qualified status means that a firm is eligible for award of contracts, there is no guarantee that a firm will be awarded any work or representation of the amount of work a firm may receive within the two-year period.

Pre-Qualified Engineering Consultants List KSU-18L135
Kent State University Office of the University Architect pre-qualified firms to provide Engineering Services for projects that are not advertised through the Ohio Register, or other media. This pre-qualification process determines the list of firms that will be eligible for award of contracts for the period covering July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020. Services will be in support of KSU design of projects, as well as support Local Administration of projects. Consultants are utilized for small projects, studies or criteria engineer for design build or specialized tasks in which the A/E selection process would be unnecessarily cumbersome. Upon completion of the selection process, where appropriate, KSU will seek Controlling Board approval for total contract awards to each pre-qualified firm up to the amount of $250,000 for a two-year period. Each individual assignment may range in the amount of $25,000 - $75,000 per project; however, there are exceptions where fees for an individual assignment exceed $75,000. The number of pre-qualified engineering consultants selected through this process is within the discretion of KSU. While the pre-qualified status means that a firm is eligible for award of contracts, there is no guarantee that a firm will be awarded any work or representation of the amount of work a firm may receive within the two-year period.

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 was completed in mid-June. This project was designed by the Office of the University Architect and Scheeser Buckley Mayfield, LLC.

Student Recreation and Wellness Center Pool Pak Units Replacement KSU-17L078
For the Student Recreation and Wellness Center pools, two pool pak energy recovery dehumidification units were removed and replaced. The outside condensing units, wiring, piping, controls and connection ductwork were also removed and replaced and vibration control measures were implemented. This project was designed by Scheeser Buckley Mayfield, LLC and Mielke Mechanical was the General Contactor.