The Kent State Architects Office provides a summary of the construction work that they have underway or planned for this semester. It’s a great way to stay current on the bricks and mortar work being managed by Kent State. As you read the list, keep in mind that all those construction workers that are busy building on the campus pay City income taxes for the hours they work in Kent. So besides investing in the campus buildings they’re also making deposits to our City tax base.
UPDATE ON KSU CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
Kent Projects in Yellow
Across Kent State’s eight campuses, here are the major facility and infrastructure improvements administered by the Office of the University Architect:
PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION :
Ashtabula Campus Health and Science Building
A new, two story, 55,000 sf Health and Science Building is being built at Ashtabula Campus. The new facility will house the Nursing Program, Occupational Therapy, Radiation Technology, science laboratories, general classrooms and offices. Site utility work has been completed and the building shell is nearing completion. Installation of interior walls is well underway and windows are being installed. At the west end of campus, a new student parking lot is being added to accommodate the new building; this new lot will be completed in early spring. Construction continues through May 2009.
CE&O Fleet Services Relocation
Fleet Services recently moved out of its original location in order to make more space available for potential tenants of Centennial Research Park. An addition to house Fleet Services will be built on the north end of Campus Environment and Operations’ maintenance shop. The contract was recently awarded to construct the addition’s foundation shell package. The interior package will be released for bidding this winter.
Demolition of Selected Small Group Buildings
Seven former residence halls that comprised Small Group housing will be demolished; out of the original, eleven buildings, only Van Campen, Heer, Harbourt and Stewart halls will remain. Utility relocation, building demolition and site grading work commenced mid-January and should be completed by April.
Kent Campus Wayfinding Signage Replacement
Wayfinding signs around the Kent Campus will be repaired and/or replaced. Additional wayfinding signs for campus visitors and building identification signs for the Student Center, Library, KIVA, Williams Hall, MAC Center, and Gym Annex will be installed. As weather permits, this project continues through winter.
Library Plate and Frame Heat Exchanger
In order to maintain adequate air conditioning service to the Library, a chilled water plate and frame heat exchanger will be installed. The new unit will include all necessary equipment and controls to allow reduced pressure and a direct connection from the central chilled water loop. This project commenced in early January and should be completed by May.
Lincoln and East Main Streets Gateway
The Prentice Arch was reconstructed and a gateway sign installed at the corner of Lincoln and East Main Streets. As weather permits, the concrete walk leading from the gateway to the parking lot will be poured. Landscaping will be completed during the spring planting season.
Merrill Hall Central Chilled Water System Upgrades
Merrill Hall’s central chilled water system is being upgraded to address issues associated with distribution to the district system. New, secondary chilled water pumps are being connected to Merrill and piping configurations will be changed within Merrill and Lowry. New VFD for primary chilled water pumps and new secondary pumps are being added to the mechanical room. Central distribution piping between Merrill and Lowry halls is being modified to connect with the Oscar Ritchie Hall loop. Construction should be completed prior to the 2009 cooling season.
Music and Speech Center Renovations and Additions – Roe Green Center
The Music and Speech Center will be renovated and additions built to address space and program needs for the School of Theatre and Dance. One addition will provide a new lobby and black box experimental theatre on the Theatre Drive face of the building; this will also provide an enhanced entry area for students and event patrons. On the west side of the building, another addition will constructed to provide three new dance studios and support space to relocate the Dance Program out of the Gym Annex. Underground utility relocation and foundation work should be completed soon. Structural steel is being fabricated and then the steel will be erected. Contract awards to construct the remainder of the building and the additions are pending for bids that were opened on December 17.
Prentice Hall Elevator Replacement
Prentice Hall’s original elevator will be removed and a new, roped, hydraulic elevator in a new hoistway shaft on the exterior of the building will be constructed. Construction contracts have been awarded and on-site work will commence mid-May.|
Terrace Drive Underground Fuel Oil Tanks Closure
During winter break, two underground fuel oil tanks, located west of the former Heating Plant under Terrace Drive, and a roadside parking area were emptied, cleaned and filled. Associated piping was cleaned and removed. Asphalt repairs will be conducted during summer.
Tuscarawas Campus Performing Arts Center
A new, Performing Arts Center is being constructed at the Tuscarawas Campus. This new facility is located adjacent to the existing Founder’s Hall and includes a 1,000 seat theatre, classrooms for the art programs, offices, stage and stage support areas. This project commenced in October; site utilities are being installed as site work continues, then foundation work will proceed. Construction continues through November 2009.
CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT AWARDS PENDING :
Centennial Research Park Fuel Storage Tanks Removal
Two fuel and waste oil storage tank farms (7 tanks totaling 55,100 gallons) will be removed from the grounds of Centennial Research Park. The contract award is pending for construction bids that were opened on January 14.
Music and Speech Center Cooling Tower Replacement
The cooling tower at Williams Hall will be removed and relocated to the Music and Speech Center. The contract is being processed for final approval by the attorney general’s office.
Music and Speech Center Renovations and Additions – Roe Green Center
Contract awards to construct the remainder of the building and the additions are pending for bids that were opened on December 17.
Salem Campus City Center Fire Alarm System Upgrade
A fire alarm system will be installed in the Salem Campus City Center Building. Emergency exit lighting and exit signs will be installed throughout the building. The contract is being processed for final approval by the attorney general’s office.
Satterfield Hall Roof Replacement and Masonry Restoration
The roof on Satterfield Hall will be replaced and the parapet will be repaired. The contract award is pending the release of construction funds from the Controlling Board.
Student Center Emergency Generator Replacement
The emergency generator for the Kent Student Center will be replaced. This project includes installation of a new 180 kw natural gas generator and a closed transition transfer switch. The contract award is pending for construction bids that were opened on January 8.
Van Campen Hall Renovations
The residential wing and public areas of Van Campen Hall will be renovated. Residence rooms and public areas (lounges, classrooms, lobby, corridors) will be refreshed, toilet and shower rooms will be renovated, and the HVAC, electrical distribution, telecommunications, fire alarm and fire suppression systems will be upgraded/replaced. Contract awards are pending for construction bids that were opened on January 14.
White Hall AHU Coil Replacement
The existing heating and cooling coils located on the penthouse of White Hall will be removed and replaced with new units. The existing piping, valving and controls will be modified for the new units. The contract award is pending for construction bids that were opened on January 16.
PROJECTS ADVERTISED FOR BIDDING :
District Chilled Water Expansion
The Kent Campus’ chilled water system will be extended to Taylor Hall and the Gym Annex and future connections to Dunbar and Prentice halls will be set up. All associated controls, valving and hardware will be modified. Contractors’ bid for construction will be opened on February 23.
Satterfield Hall Replacement of Unit Ventilators
Twenty-three unit ventilators on the east wing of Satterfield Hall will be removed and replaced with new units. Contractors’ bids for construction will be opened on February 5.
PROJECTS UNDER DESIGN :
Ashtabula Campus Space Planning Study
This space and master planning study is underway for areas that will be vacated in Ashtabula Campus’ Main Hall and Technology Building as a result of the fall 2009 completion of the new Health and Sciences Building.
Beall-McDowell Halls Bathrooms Rehabilitation
Due to aging infrastructure, plumbing systems and fixtures in the bathrooms of Beall and McDowell halls will be rehabilitated. Architectural finishes, electrical and HVAC work in these areas will also be replaced. Bidding and construction will be scheduled in two separate packages with work being completed during the university’s summer recesses of 2009 and 2010.
East Liverpool Campus Classroom Building Interior Renovation, Phase 3
Phase 3 renovations to the Classroom Building at East Liverpool Campus involve installation of new carpet and lighting in the third floor corridors, an upgrade to the remaining third floor classroom, renovations of one classroom laboratory and third floor faculty offices and upgrades of restrooms on the first floor. The Office of the University Architect recently selected an architectural firm to assist with designing this project.
Electrical Distribution System Upgrades – Medium Voltage Loop 8B
Designs are underway for the medium voltage loop 8B (Nixson, Terrace and Verder halls) and the electrical power metering system to be upgraded and connected to the Power Plant.
Energy Conservation Planning
In accordance with House Bill 251, Kent State University is increasing efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption on all eight campuses. Prepared to meet the university’s goals, this 15-year energy conservation master plan, with independent plans for each campus, has been approved by the Board of Directors.
Geauga Campus Library Renovation
The Library, located within the Main Classroom Building at the Geauga Campus, has largely remained unaltered from its original construction in 1976. This project intends to renovate the existing library and adjacent areas into “The Center for Student Success”. This plan will merge traditional library functions with special student services, a tutoring/writing lab, an Internet cyber cafe, and open study areas. The Office of the University Architect recently selected an architectural firm to assist with designing this project.
Geauga Campus Student Parking Lot Improvements
At Geauga Campus, planning and design for improvements to the existing student parking lot are underway. A detention pond for storm water management will be installed during phase 2. Phase 3 work involves parking lot improvements and construction of a transit center.
Gym Annex Partial Roof Replacement
Portions of the Gym Annex roof will be removed and replaced this summer. Currently this project is under design.
Kent Campus Landscape and Environmental Enhancements
Campuswide and site specific landscape enhancement needs are being evaluated. Within the next few years, Summit Street will be improved through use of ODOT funds in conjunction with the city of Kent. The university is involved to ensure that improvements implemented will include safe means for pedestrian and vehicular movement around this section of campus.
Kent Multimodal Transportation Center
Kent State, the city of Kent and the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority, via a Federal Transportation Administration grant, have conducted a planning study for construction of a Multimodal Transportation Center in the city. The proposed center incorporates parking, mass transportation, pedestrians and bicycles into one central facility designed to promote and increase transit, pedestrian and bicycle access to the university and downtown Kent.
Porthouse Theatre Parking Lot Expansion
At Porthouse Theatre, the existing site and parking area were evaluated in effort to maximize spaces within the paved area. A new, gravel parking area, accommodating 46 additional spaces, and new walkway will be constructed. Also, a new retention basin is being planned for future development when the new lot is expanded and paved. The department has raised funds to install a new gravel walking path, some site lighting and landscaping.
Salem Campus Building Expansions and Additions
Designs are underway to convert the Gymnasium at Salem Campus to accommodate the Nursing Program on the lower level and a shelled-out space on the upper level that will, in the future, be finished out to house the new science laboratories. New faculty offices will also be created on the lower level.
Stark Campus Science Building
At Stark Campus, designs are underway to build a 30,000 sf building to support the Science Program. This building will accommodate science teaching and research laboratories. A portion of the east wing will be renovated to accommodate the expanding Nursing Program.
Taylor Hall Fire Alarm Upgrades
The fire alarm system in Taylor Hall will be upgraded. The initial bid opening was postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date this winter. Construction should occur this summer.
Trumbull Campus Classroom Building Interior Renovation
The Trumbull Campus Classroom Building will undergo renovations to first and second floor classrooms, the Physics laboratory, first and second floor restrooms and corridors. Improvements will include installation of new ceilings, new lighting, new HVAC diffusers and VAV boxes, wall paint and wall base. Renovation of the restrooms will involve installation of new floor and wall tile, plumbing fixtures and new ceilings. The Office of the University Architect recently selected an architectural firm to assist with designing this project.
WKSU Renovations and Additions
The WKSU Broadcast Center is comprised of offices, broadcast studios, and broadcast support areas, including a media library, computer areas, and recording studio. This project will renovate spaces and new space will be added to the existing building to address changes in media, technology and the broadcast field. The level of funds raised will determine the schedule for proceeding with further development of the design and construction documents.
REQUESTING DESIGN FIRMS FOR :
New Facilities for the College of Technology – Programming / Site Selection
The current 68,895 sf Van Deusen Hall on the Kent Campus houses portions of both the College of Technology and the School of Art. Constructed in 1951, this facility is in need of complete rehabilitation. This project will assess the current configuration and needs of the building and investigate rehabilitation or the construction of a new facility for the College of Technology. The plan for this building must address the condition of the existing facilities, as well as overall campus planning goals. Any proposed facilities must be designed to be sympathetic with existing campus architecture and context. This project will also be designed to achieve a LEED Silver Certification and comply with House Bill 251 reduced energy consumption requirements. Until February 13, the Office of the University Architect is requesting qualifications from design firms interested in planning this project.
New Facilities for the Schools of Art and Visual Communication Design Programming / Site Selection
The current 68,998 sf Art Building on the Kent Campus houses portions of both the School of Art and the School of Visual Communication Design. Constructed in 1972, this facility has reached the end of its useful life. This project will assess the current configuration and needs of the building and investigate a complete rehabilitation of other campus buildings and/or the construction of a new facility for these two programs. Any proposed facilities must be designed to be sympathetic with existing campus architecture and context. This project will also be designed to achieve a LEED Silver Certification and comply with House Bill 251 reduced energy consumption requirements. Until January 30, the Office of the University Architect is requesting qualifications from design firms interested in planning this project.