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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #175 on: October 18, 2012, 12:32:57 PM »
Those lights are hideous.

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« Reply #176 on: October 18, 2012, 07:28:28 PM »
Those lights are hideous.
I think the entire project is boring, dull, an uninspiring and the money for it could have been used wiser.

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« Reply #177 on: November 12, 2012, 10:06:05 AM »
Hi all - I went back to Kent this weekend for an all-years Theater Kent alumni reunion. We got to see all the new building that has been done on the outside and inside of the Music & Speech building, which will not be called music and speech anymore after 2012, it's going to be the KSU Center for the Performing Arts or something like that.

As I am not an arch. person I'm not sure I can tell you anything that would be really satisfying but I will try. Basically they have built a big, overly brightly lit lobby onto the front of the building that stretches down past the original opening to include the entrance to a new, student theater space that was built for student productions. The student production space is really fantastic from a performer's standpoint, much better than the dank, worthless black box space (B005) we were relegated to when I was a student years ago. It looked to seat about 150 and even had a 2nd level to play with if you wanted to use that in your production, and it was a good sized space for student productions. I thought the lobby was just atrocious. I think the design is really ugly and the lighting was brighter than a hospital OR.

They have re-done and repurposed a lot of the classrooms and moved things around inside. The most tragic of these being the reduction of the green room space (waiting area for actors) to the size of a small closet, when before it was a huge room that could easily hold 50 people (we had over 40 in one production I was in) with couches and a stove and fridge. Now there is room for one couch and one chair and it was so narrow you couldn't stand three-deep in it. But they now have dressing rooms, which we never had before, so perhaps that's where the actors wait. As we were there to see a show after the building tour, we didn't get to see the dressing rooms.

The classrooms on the lower level where our old student theater was and where we took acting are now "labs" for the scenic design/tech people, incluing a welding lab, and on the 2nd floor was a much-needed lighting lab where you can actually practice rigging and focusing various types of theatrical lights in a room the size of a classroom, and work the box with associated switches so you'll know how it works in the real theater space.

School of Dance is now officially combined with Theater so there were some dance studios built where there wasn't anything I can recall before except some plain classrooms.

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« Reply #178 on: November 19, 2012, 08:51:18 PM »
Finalists for the Architecture Building narrowed down to four:

Bialosky + Partners Architects (NY and Cleveland), in association with Architecture Research Office (NY)
Richard L. Bowen + Associates Inc. (Cleveland), in association with Weiss/Manfredi (NY)
The Collaborative Inc. (Toledo, Ohio), in association with the Miller Hull Partnership (Seattle)
Westlake Reed Leskosky (Cleveland, Phoenix, Washington, NY and LA)

Winner expected to be announced in February.

http://www.archdaily.com/295498/shortlist-announced-for-kent-states-new-architecture-building/
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« Reply #179 on: November 20, 2012, 12:05:25 PM »
Finalists for the Architecture Building narrowed down to four:

Bialosky + Partners Architects (NY and Cleveland), in association with Architecture Research Office (NY)
Richard L. Bowen + Associates Inc. (Cleveland), in association with Weiss/Manfredi (NY)
The Collaborative Inc. (Toledo, Ohio), in association with the Miller Hull Partnership (Seattle)
Westlake Reed Leskosky (Cleveland, Phoenix, Washington, NY and LA)

Winner expected to be announced in February.

http://www.archdaily.com/295498/shortlist-announced-for-kent-states-new-architecture-building/


Nice so they knocked out:

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson / SoL Harris Day Architects
KZF Design / Morphosis
NBBJ LLC
WTW Architects, Inc. / Overland Partners Architects

Very surprised about BCJ being out, that was a good team.
All of the others I completely agree with. Going to be a nice project.


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« Reply #180 on: January 08, 2013, 12:31:20 PM »
Kent State Hotel Rooms, Banquet Center in Demand

Calls coming in for overnight stays, conference center use at new hotel under construction downtown

By Matt Fredmonsky
January 7, 2013

It has no doors or windows yet, but already the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center is generating interest in its 94 rooms and multiple conference areas.

The new hotel is under construction in downtown Kent and isn't set to open until some time in June.

But that's not stopping local business people and Kent State alumni from booking early to be among the first to patronize the new hotel.

http://kent.patch.com/articles/kent-state-hotel-rooms-banquet-center-in-demand

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« Reply #181 on: January 17, 2013, 10:26:05 AM »
The four finalists will present their proposals tonight and will be webcast live at 7pm...

Live Webcast: Kent State Offers First Look at Proposed Designs for New Architecture Building

The four finalists in the competition to design the new building for Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design will present their design concepts at a public presentation Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place on campus in the University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall, located at 650 Hilltop Drive in Kent. 

http://www.kent.edu/news/newsdetail.cfm?newsitem=2A689970-A1C4-96A8-69311424D0106D53

Webcast link: https://ksutube.kent.edu/watchlive.php?playthis=5049
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« Reply #182 on: January 18, 2013, 08:03:09 AM »
Packed house views competition for new Kent State building (with poll)

By Thomas Gallick | Staff Writer Published: January 18, 2013 4:00AM

Students, faculty and community members filled Cartwright Hall with excited, yet academic debate Thursday night after four potential designs for the new Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design building were unveiled following an international contest.

That reaction was fitting, considering Kent State officials wanted the process to act as an educational opportunity for architecture students and local residents.

Four finalists presented their designs for the estimated $40 million project, which will be located between South Lincoln and South Willow streets on the school’s Esplanade walkway, to a crowd of about 800.

http://www.recordpub.com/news%20local/2013/01/18/packed-house-views-competition-for-new-ksu-building.modal

Richard L. Bowen + Associates Inc. (Cleveland), in association with Weiss/Manfredi (NY)



Bialosky + Partners Architects (NY and Cleveland), in association with Architecture Research Office (NY)



Westlake Reed Leskosky (Cleveland, Phoenix, Washington, NY and LA)



The Collaborative Inc. (Toledo, Ohio), in association with the Miller Hull Partnership (Seattle)

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« Reply #183 on: January 18, 2013, 08:15:34 AM »
^ Thanks for posting.  I've been searching for any kind of write-up.  However, try removing the .modal from the end of the link.  It lets you see larger renderings that way.
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« Reply #184 on: January 18, 2013, 10:55:45 AM »
^ Thanks for posting.  I've been searching for any kind of write-up.  However, try removing the .modal from the end of the link.  It lets you see larger renderings that way.

Thanks, I changed the images.


Four teams unveil concepts in competition to design $40 million architecture school at KSU
Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer
on January 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM, updated January 18, 2013 at 12:36 PM

For architects, students and aficionados of design, Kent State University was one place to be in Northeast Ohio Thursday night as four finalist teams presented proposals in a competition to design the new KSU College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

A capacity crowd filled the main level and balconies of the 900-seat Cartwright Hall on campus to watch two hours of presentations in which the four contending teams with members from across the U.S. made consecutive 20-minute presentations with short breaks between.

http://blog.cleveland.com/architecture/2013/01/four_teams_unveil_concepts_in.html#comments
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« Reply #185 on: January 18, 2013, 10:08:02 PM »
Between the first and third one honestly...

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« Reply #186 on: January 19, 2013, 10:45:17 AM »
I like all but the third, which has too few windows and too bunker-ish. Either way, I'm glad to see the KSU is expanding toward downtown. It has been expanding away from it ever since its founding.
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« Reply #187 on: January 20, 2013, 11:11:12 AM »
I think the fourth one fits in the most with Kent.  Windowy option two is nice also.

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« Reply #188 on: January 27, 2013, 06:46:53 PM »

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« Reply #189 on: February 06, 2013, 10:39:49 AM »
From the NY TIMES today:

A Partnership Seeks to Transform Kent State and Kent
By KEITH SCHNEIDER
Published: February 5, 2013

KENT, Ohio — Though it is home to the second largest campus in Ohio’s state university system by enrollment, this small Cuyahoga River city spent much of the last four decades neglecting, if not deliberately retreating from, its history as a college town and its place in the annals of the Vietnam War era.

But a $110 million mixed-use development that is under construction at the city’s center is remedying that.

The project — a melding of more than 500,000 square feet of office, retail, residential and public spaces — is unfolding across a four-block, four-acre section of downtown. City and university leaders said the development, the largest downtown construction project in Kent’s 208-year history, will outfit the city with new destinations that suit contemporary lifestyles and spending patterns.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/06/realestate/commercial/development-aims-to-bring-kent-state-and-its-city-closer.html
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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #190 on: October 07, 2013, 10:56:42 AM »
KSU’s esplanade to be named for Lefton

By Mary Ann Ferguson-Rich
Special to the Beacon Journal
Published: October 5, 2013 - 09:42 PM | Updated: October 7, 2013 - 10:36 AM

 KENT: Town and gown are now officially connected in the city of Kent.

In the midst of rain showers, the University Esplanade extension was formally opened at a ceremony held at the arch near Main and Willow Streets on Friday.

The $3.3 million dollar project connects the Kent State University campus with downtown.

http://www.ohio.com/news/ksu-s-esplanade-to-be-named-for-lefton-1.434575

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« Reply #191 on: January 18, 2014, 01:33:50 AM »
Two things to note: The architecture building will now be 4 stories and will be completed in July 2016, and the Technology program is getting a new building and is scheduled to open in 2014.

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« Reply #192 on: January 18, 2014, 04:11:07 PM »
Two things to note: The architecture building will now be 4 stories and will be completed in July 2016, and the Technology program is getting a new building and is scheduled to open in 2014.

Here's a couple of press releases -- from last summer and then from last week.......

http://www.kent.edu/news/news-detail.cfm?newsitem=C6C1C369-CE40-9E87-6770FE34C0DD2185

Kent State Approves Work to Begin on New Building for the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology
Posted Aug. 28, 2013

Last September, the Kent State University Board of Trustees approved construction of new facility for the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, as a prioritized project within the “Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future” initiative. Since that time the programming, schematic and development design was completed and the final design and budget were prepared.

At a special meeting held Aug. 27, the Kent State Board of Trustees Finance and Administration Committee authorized a resolution that will permit the issuance of contracts and the beginning of construction on the building’s foundation. The committee action, passed by a unanimous vote, also caps the cost of the project at $17,750,000.

The request for the expedited approval was made in order to meet the time-sensitive schedule associated with the installation of foundations and other underground work prior to the onset of winter weather. This is a critical first project in a sequence of relocations enabling the overall "Foundations of Excellence" program. 


During the committee meeting Kent State President Lester A. Lefton said he was excited that the project was moving forward and that steel would be in the ground soon.


The proposed building is approximately 55,200 gross square feet and will include air traffic control training rooms in a lower level, classrooms and shop areas on the first floor, and faculty offices and classrooms on the second floor. Approximately 6,500 square feet of the building will be shelled for future completion.

Kent State’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology has experienced near double-digit growth in recent years, with nearly 1,000 students. The college offers a Bachelor of Science degree in four areas: aeronautics, applied engineering, technology and construction management.

For more information on Kent State’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, visit www.kent.edu/caest.

For more information about Kent State’s “Foundations of Excellence” initiative, visit www.kent.edu/foundations.

(CONSTRUCTION WEBCAM!) http://webcampub.multivista.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=aPublicWebcam.embed&WebcamPublicEmbedUID=FDC4A651-922C-45EB-8A86-6447DD6A58E8&width=&height

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Media Contacts:
Eric Mansfield, emansfie@kent.edu, 330-672-2797
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595

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http://www.kent.edu/news/news-detail.cfm?newsitem=8CEE428B-DFB7-1B62-764BB235276DF4B4

Design Architects of Kent State’s New Architecture Building Present Update on Jan. 16
Posted Jan. 13, 2014

Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi of WEISS/MANFREDI, the design architects of Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design new facility, will be on the Kent Campus to present an update on the design evolution of the building. The presentation takes place Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. in University Auditorium at Cartwright Hall. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, go to http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e8r1hd4phpzujh0l/start.

The original building design was selected through a competition conducted in 2013 which resulted in the architect selection – WEISS/MANFREDI, lead designer, and Richard L. Bowen & Associates, architect of record – and the determination of the building concept to be located along the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade between South Lincoln and Willow streets. The building will physically and metaphorically represent the connection between the city of Kent and the university campus.

The focus of the presentation will outline the evolution of a design, detailing how multiple sources of input, including programmatic, community context, financial parameters and reviews by numerous oversight groups, actually evolved the facility to be more functional, efficient, sustainable and economical without losing the original concept. Participants will include representatives of the design architect, the architect of record, the university architect, the user and the construction manager.

“The design architects at WEISS/MANFREDI have listened to many inputs from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, the Office of the University Architect, the university’s Joint Project Oversight Committee, which is a joint-board administration committee, the construction manager and the community,” said Douglas Steidl, dean of Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design. “They have reviewed all program requirements, including the addition of the spaces to be used by the Construction Management program. Through their creative design process, they have been able to reduce the size of the building through efficiencies in circulation, reduced the height by a story, and amazingly did not lose the character or concept of the initial competition design. This developed schematic design improves upon the initial competition building.

“This is an ongoing design process which does not end until the construction is complete, therefore revisions and enhancements should be expected as we all strive to construct the best facility possible,” Steidl added.

“We continue to be impressed with the WEISS/MANFREDI team,” said Michael Bruder, executive director of facilities planning and design in Kent State’s Office of the University Architect. “They continually work to satisfy our programmatic needs while providing an iconic gateway building for the campus.”

The new architecture and environmental design building is part of the university’s campus transformation, called “Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future,” which involves the construction of new buildings, facility upgrades and establishment of dynamic, new spaces. The goal of this initiative is to create the most outstanding academic experience for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater community enriched by the university.

Currently, these signature programs are housed in three separate structures. The new building will unite the college under one roof. The university plans to break ground for the building this fall.

For more information about WEISS/MANFREDI of New York, visit www.weissmanfredi.com.

For more information about Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, visit www.kent.edu/caed. (RENDERINGS!)

For more information about Kent State’s “Foundations of Excellence” initiative, visit www.kent.edu/foundations.

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« Reply #193 on: February 06, 2014, 10:36:29 PM »
Here is the rendering of the new Kent State Aeronautics and Technology building under construction. 
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« Reply #194 on: February 06, 2014, 10:40:09 PM »
Thanks! Is that wall actually sloped or the result of the scan?
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« Reply #195 on: February 07, 2014, 01:04:28 AM »
Thanks! Is that wall actually sloped or the result of the scan?
That's actually a banner of the building hanging off of the gate. The building just has simple square and rectangular shapes.
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« Reply #196 on: March 13, 2014, 07:22:35 PM »
KSU trustees approve increase for room and board, new construction on campus

Published: March 12, 2014 - 09:51 PM

Kent State University trustees on Wednesday:

• Approved an overall increase of 3.9 percent in the standard, undergraduate double room and board rates for the fall semester.

• Approved a 4.5 percent tuition increase for the College of Podiatric Medicine, based in Independence, for the coming year.

http://www.ohio.com/news/ksu-trustees-approve-increase-for-room-and-board-new-construction-on-campus-1.472801

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« Reply #197 on: May 30, 2014, 03:45:07 PM »
The latest plans for Kent State University's new architecture school building show a project still on track for excellence (slideshow)

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- As the abundance of mediocre buildings in Cleveland and many other cities shows, it's really hard to produce great architecture. On the other hand, it's very easy to screw up at any point in a project, from selection of an architect to initial conception, detailed design and construction.

Despite all these potential traps, Kent State University looks still very much on track to produce a 21st-century landmark in its new $43 million building for its College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

http://www.cleveland.com/architecture/index.ssf/2014/05/the_latest_renderings_for_kent.html

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« Reply #198 on: September 18, 2014, 07:56:22 AM »
More new buildings are coming to Kent State campus — http://t.co/x7hTGnDaDL
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« Reply #199 on: September 26, 2014, 12:44:22 PM »
More new buildings are coming to Kent State campus — http://t.co/x7hTGnDaDL

Great, this will blend seamlessly with the new College of Architecture right next to it.

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« Reply #201 on: September 30, 2014, 12:24:27 PM »
Oh no, I liked how that building was a hunk of sh!t.  Now they have to ruin it?
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« Reply #202 on: October 07, 2014, 12:39:01 PM »
KSU will formally launch construction of new, $33.5 million Center for the Visual Arts Thursday

http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2014/10/ksu_to_formally_launch_constru.html#incart_river

Kent State University on Thursday will formally launch a two-year, $33.5 million construction project involving renovation and new construction that will bring its visual arts program under one roof for the first time since 1960.

The new Center for the Visual Arts will be the new home for KSU's School of Art, and it will include the renovation of Van Deusen Hall and the Art Annex, formerly the university's heating plan.

Both existing buildings will be linked with new construction.

The new arts complex is part of a series of projects at KSU including a new architecture school building, for which the university broke ground Friday.

In all, the new visual arts facility will contain more than 115,000 square-feet of space, including 77,000 square feet of renovation and nearly 38,000 square feet of new construction.

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« Reply #203 on: November 25, 2014, 03:16:28 PM »
Here is the new bland aeronautics building.

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« Reply #204 on: November 25, 2014, 05:29:51 PM »
Here is the new bland aeronautics building.


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« Reply #205 on: November 25, 2014, 05:37:15 PM »
Here is the new bland aeronautics building.


The fence begs to differ with your assessment. It was blown away!

It's bland...new

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« Reply #206 on: December 12, 2014, 10:30:49 PM »
December 7, 2014
Kent State to Invest More Than $142M in Construction, Renovation Projects
By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

Kent State University has announced it will spend more than $142 million for the construction and renovation of several buildings on its campus.

The university’s board of trustees approved spending $37.6 million for the construction of the Integrated Sciences Building for the College of Arts and Sciences. The new facility will be LEED Silver certified. It will have 57,000 gross square feet of space, with an additional 13,500 square feet of unfinished basement space, and will wrap around and connect to the existing Williams Hall.

According to the university, the project is financed by $5 million in state funding, $30.5 million in bond revenue funds and $2 million from Kent State’s contingency reserve for campus facilities. The new Integrated Sciences Building will be used for research and teaching chemistry, biology and physics.

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http://www.cpexecutive.com/cities/cleveland/kent-state-to-invest-more-than-142m-in-construction-renovation-projects-2/1004108975.html
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« Reply #207 on: April 10, 2015, 12:02:25 PM »
The architecture marvels continue to rise at Kent State! Seriously though Kent must have an overabundance of red brick stored somewhere....

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« Reply #208 on: September 29, 2015, 06:53:47 AM »
More construction boom-boom...

Kent State University to break ground for Integrated Sciences Building
September 28, 2015
By CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS

Kent State University will break ground this week on its $37.5 million Integrated Sciences Building.

A ceremony that’s free and open to the public will take place on Friday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. The building will be adjacent to the Student Green and Williams Hall, and will wrap around and connect to the existing Williams Hall in the Science Mall on the Kent campus.

Following the groundbreaking, Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences will host a showcase of science and technology demonstrations, along with refreshments and music, on the Student Green. Kent State president Beverly Warren and James Blank, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will speak at the event.

Construction is scheduled to start this fall and is expected to be complete by July 2017, in time to open for fall 2017 classes.

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http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20150928/NEWS/150929823/kent-state-university-to-break-ground-for-integrated-sciences
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Re: Kent: Kent State University Developments
« Reply #209 on: September 29, 2015, 09:22:20 AM »
The architecture marvels continue to rise at Kent State! Seriously though Kent must have an overabundance of red brick stored somewhere....


LOL, wow, what a roofline! Isn't it sad that they have an architecture program and churn out buildings / additions like this?

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