Projects Completed in 2020
Administrative Services Building Partial Re-Roof KSU-20L031
A section of the Administrative Services Building roof and insulation is being removed and replaced. This involves 9,252 SF of roof tear-off and new, tapered insulation and cold tar roof replacement. FMD Architects, Inc. designed this project. Terik Roofing's onsite work was completed in mid-summer.
Gateway Master Plan Program Management Services KSU-18L144
The Ruhlin Company provided 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 involved the planning, programming, and implementation of various renovation, demolition, and construction projects related to buildings, infrastructure, roadways and grounds throughout the Kent Campus which were 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.
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, was removed and replaced with new, efficient units to fit the existing space. Wright Engineering, LLC designed this project. Prout Boiler, Heating & Welding's construction was completed in early summer.
McGilvrey Hall Elevator Addition KSU-19S025
McGilvrey Hall's original, 78-year old elevator was very small, did not accommodate emergency rescue equipment, was not fully ADA accessible, did not access all occupied floors of the building, could not be tied-in to the planned fire alarm system replacement, and finding parts to keep it in operating condition was very difficult. This old elevator was decommissioned and a new elevator was installed and put into operation. An accessible entrance and elevator for McGilvrey Hall was installed between the two existing building wings and the former loading dock area was infilled. Payto Architects, Inc. designed this project. Lakeland Management Systems, Inc.'s on-site construction was completed in February.
McGilvrey Hall Fire Alarm Upgrade KSU-19S108
A completely new fire alarm system was installed in McGilvrey Hall. Hilscher-Clarke Electric Company served as the Design-Builder of this project and their work was completed in February.
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. “The Market” space which currently houses a dining operation, will move to another facility on campus. The 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. Moody-Nolan, Inc. designed phase 1 of this project. The Albert M. Higley Co., LLC, served as the Construction Manager at Risk.
Student Recreation and Wellness Center Chilled Water Extension KSU-20L040
The Student Recreation and Wellness Center's absorption chiller was original to the building, circa 1999, and had reached beyond its service life. The chiller experienced an increasing number of mechanical failures and became unreliable. This project involved the extension of the chilled water utility through the existing tunnel from the Summit Street Power Plant to the Student Recreation and Wellness Center for HVAC cooling loads. All of the necessary pumps, controls, and hardware were permanently removed from the existing absorption chiller at the SWRC, taking it out of service and removed from the building. By extending chilled water service from the Power Plant, maintenance of equipment will be reduced, and is the lowest initial cost option. Scheeser Buckley Mayfield, LLC designed this project. S. A. Comunale Company's construction was completed this summer..
Trumbull Library Window and Door Replacement KSU-19S704
Windows and doors in the Trumbull Library-Theater Building were replaced. This project involved removal and replacement of the existing punched opening, single pane windows and doors. Sara Stucky Sayner, Architect, LLC designed this Capitally-funded project. Stitle Construction Corporation's construction was completed in May.