Construction Zone: Update on Construction Projects at Kent State


The following is an update from the Office of the University Architect on construction and renovation projects under way across Kent State's eight campuses.

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS UNDER WAY - KENT CAMPUS

Workers pour cement for the new dugouts while new artificial turf is being laid on the field in preparation for the upcoming baseball season. Photo by Bob Christy
Baseball Field Improvements

Renovations to the Varsity Baseball Field continue. Synthetic turf has been installed on the field. Dugout and field work are progressing and perimeter fencing is currently being installed. Phase two of this project will address the grandstand, parking and concessions.

Bowman Chilled Water Plant*

Construction of the new Bowman Hall chilled water facility is ongoing. In the existing equipment room, the old chiller equipment and piping are being demolished. Near the Bowman Hall loading dock, foundation work and the steel frame for the addition to house the chiller and its associated mechanical equipment have been completed. Construction of the building shell will continue through spring.

*This summer, this project will cross paths with work associated with the Electrical Distribution Improvements, Esplanade and Stopher/Johnson Hall Replacement projects, resulting in disruptions to pedestrian and vehicular traffic along Janik Drive. Currently each project’s administrator and the construction manager are coordinating plans to minimize such disruptions, as well as developing means in which to communicate the impact upon the university community.

DeWeese Steam System Extension

High pressure steam and condensation lines will be extended to the mechanical room of DeWeese Health Center in order to connect it with the university’s underground steam distribution system. The existing stand-alone hot water boilers that currently provide domestic hot water and heating to the health center will be removed; a new pressure reducing station, heat exchanger and piping will then be installed in lieu of the boilers. This project is currently under design.

Electrical Distribution Improvements*

This project involves upgrading the medium voltage distribution cabling, building transformers and selective main distribution panels within the following buildings: Bowman and Satterfield halls, Business Administration Building, Michael Schwartz Center, Lake, Olson, Stopher and Johnson residence halls. Since the construction contract was recently awarded, a detailed project schedule, including planned, multiple building power outages, is being developed. The first outage will enable the demolition of existing 5 kV cabling to make room in the utility tunnel for new 13.2 kV cabling. This outage is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 26 and will affect Lake and Olson halls, Stopher and Johnson construction, and, for a short duration, Michael Schwartz Center as well.

*This summer, this project will cross paths with work associated with the Bowman Chilled Water Plant, Esplanade and Stopher/Johnson Hall Replacement projects, resulting in disruptions to pedestrian and vehicular traffic along Janik Drive. Currently each project’s administrator and the construction manager are coordinating plans to minimize such disruptions, as well as developing means in which to communicate the impact upon the university community.

Franklin Hall Rehabilitation

Plans are well under way to renovate and expand Franklin Hall, built in 1926, for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. This project will complete the rehabilitation of the North Campus group, which began with McGilvrey Hall in 1984. Currently, consultants are finalizing documents for bidding demolition and abatement portions of the project, anticipated to be advertised to contractors this March. Detailed building designs, involving interior finishes, networking systems and television broadcasting, are progressing. After demolition and abatement activities have concluded, renovation of the existing building and construction of the new addition will commence.

Ice Arena Boiler Replacement

Plans are under way to remove the existing domestic hot water boiler at the Ice Arena. This boiler will be replaced with a new, high efficiency boiler. Currently this project is in the design phase.

Kent Hall Addition and Renovation

The first, second and third floors of the newly renovated Kent Hall are now occupied; however, the basement will not be finished until this summer. Construction continues in and around the building, as weather and material deliveries allow for the completion of re-roofing, window installation and tunnel waterproofing. Basement construction will be ongoing through spring semester. Please follow contractors' signs and do not enter restricted construction zones; only construction personnel are permitted in the basement until occupancy is approved by building inspectors. ADA access to McGilvrey will be maintained throughout the work schedule. Exercise caution near the site, as construction traffic will remain active in the R-18 lot and around the building through project completion.

Koonce Hall Toilet and Shower Room Rehabilitation

In Koonce Hall, the toilet and shower rooms on all 10 floors will be reconfigured and rebuilt, including new piping, ventilation and fixtures. As the design phase is nearing completion, this project will be released for bidding in March for construction during this summer. The new facilities will be finished for occupancy before the return of Fall Semester 2005 student residents.

Lake/Olson Modifications for the School of Art

In Lake/Olson, the former architecture and interior design studios, as well as the old cafeteria, are being modified for use by the School of Art’s fiber arts and painting programs. Drywall finishing continues and then interior finishes, such as installing carpentry trim, setting doors and hardware, will follow. HVAC units installed on the roof, as well as grilles and air diffusers, will be connected on the fourth floor. Electrical ceiling work and crawl space rough-in are almost done. New studio and lab spaces will be completed this spring as move-in is scheduled to occur during Spring Break 2005.

Library Electrical Distribution Upgrade

In the Library, the new electrical feeder busway has been energized while the old busway is being removed. New draw-out type breakers and lighting type control panelboards were installed, with wiring and components for the control circuits to follow, prior to being programmed for the building automation system. One final, building-wide, power shutdown will be scheduled for spring break in order to remove the old busway, install additional metering and grounding, and add controls for the new breakers.

MACC Academic Athletic Resource Center

Intercollegiate Athletics’ staff and students are occupying the new Academic Athletic Resource Center in the MAC Center. Visual Communication and Design’s Glyph[x faculty and students are assisting with designing the graphics for the interior of the resource center. With phase two under way, electrical and HVAC systems have been completed. Interior finishes are now being applied, and then cabinetry and furniture will be installed later this month.

MACC Entry Roof

Roofing over the main entrance to the MAC Center will be replaced. Currently this project is under design.

Music and Speech Center HVAC Improvements and Chiller Replacement

Music and Speech Center’s new steam absorption chiller is staged in the A-B mechanical room. New chilled and tower water pumps are in place as piping installation continues. The ground floor "D" wing corridor work outside the Music Library is finished and back to normal, although materials are staged and work continues at the south end of the corridor. Throughout the building, air handling unit upgrades are underway and new heating coils for all units are complete. Air and water balancing have begun, but they are not complete, thus causing possible warmer space temperatures. Deficiencies in existing airflows to several parts of the building have recently been discovered and will be addressed. In addition, with more contractor work still required, units might need to be periodically turned off, therefore resulting in cooler space temperatures. In anticipation of potential room temperature extremes during this fine-tuning phase, please dress accordingly to allow for these varying degrees of your comfort level. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.

Stockdale Steam Feed

The existing utilities servicing the Stockdale Safety Building will be replaced. New steam and condensate piping and a communications ductbank will be installed from the Kent/McGilvrey tunnel up to Stockdale's mechanical and electrical rooms. This project also entails building a retaining wall behind Kent Hall, installing a new ADA ramp, and paving the parking lot between Kent and McGilvrey Halls. Contractors’ bids for construction will be opened on Feb. 22.

Stopher and Johnson Residence Halls Replacement, Honors College and Site Improvements*

Under extreme winter weather conditions, construction is still progressing on the foundations for the Stopher and Johnson replacement halls and new Honors College. Contractors continue with concrete foundations and walls for Stopher while underground piping and masonry wall installation resume at the Johnson setting. The site work and elevator (rebid) construction packages are currently advertised to be opened on Feb. 28. Construction activities are expected to be completed for university occupation by Fall Semester 2006. Live action construction progress can be viewed from both north and south Web cams: http://www.kent.edu/universityarchitect/StopherJohnsonWebCams.cfm

*This summer, this project will cross paths with work associated with the Bowman Chilled Water Plant, Electrical Distribution Improvements and Esplanade projects, resulting in disruptions to pedestrian and vehicular traffic along Janik Drive. Currently each project’s administrator and the construction manager are coordinating plans to minimize such disruptions, as well as developing means in which to communicate the impact upon the university community.

Student Center Addition and Renovations

Upgrades to the Student Center’s major mechanical systems continue through late spring. Construction plans for this spring and summer include building a new north entrance, expanding the loading dock and replacing mechanical equipment.

Summit Street Power Plant Cogeneration Turbine 2

Construction of the new addition to the Power Plant, with only minor mechanical work remaining to be done, should be finished by the end of the month. The new cogeneration turbine is now online and the final phase of systems programming is planned for completion this May.

Terrace Drive Heating Plant Rehabilitation, Phase I

The School of Art’s wood and metal sculpture labs are now occupying the first, second and third floors of newly-renovated Art Annex at Terrace Drive Heating Plant. The fourth floor is still under construction. Walls were framed and windows have been cut into existing walls. The rough-in of plumbing and electrical systems is nearly done. The project should be finished by the end of April so that the clay sculpture program can set up their studios.

The PORTAGE: Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge

The Portage, a pedestrian/bicycle bridge, will be built over State Route 261. This bridge will link with community bike and hike trails, in cooperation with the cities of Kent and Ravenna, the Portage County Commission, the townships of Ravenna and Franklin, and the Portage Park District. Bids for construction of The Portage are anticipated to be issued by ODOT in March.

University Esplanade*

Phase one of the esplanade is now open to Hilltop Drive; installation of bollards and landscaping in this section will be completed this spring. Phase two of the esplanade, to be constructed this summer, encompasses walkways from the west end of the Student Center to the west end of Bowman Hall. Documents for phase two construction are currently being prepared in anticipation for bidding to contractors this March.

*This project will cross paths with work associated with the Bowman Chilled Water Plant, Electrical Distribution Improvements and Stopher/Johnson Hall Replacement projects, resulting in disruptions to pedestrian and vehicular traffic along Janik Drive. Currently each project’s administrator and the construction manager are coordinating plans to minimize such disruptions, as well as developing means in which to communicate the impact upon the university community.

White Hall Facade Repairs

Stone panel replacements to the exterior faÇade of White Hall are nearing completion; however, repairs to the plaster ceiling above parking areas are deferred until weather conditions improve. Please respect the construction barriers while traveling in this vicinity.

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS UNDERWAY: REGIONAL CAMPUSES

Ashtabula Health Science Building

Designs are progressing for a new science building for Ashtabula Campus. The new facility will house the nursing program, science laboratories, general classrooms and offices.

East Liverpool Classroom Building Interior Renovation

Designs for renovating the Classroom Building at East Liverpool Campus are nearly finished. The reception desk and student services area will be completely renovated and a new student lounge across from the library is being planned. Faculty offices, as well as a classroom and computer lab, will also be renovated. On March 9, bids from contractors will be accepted and opened for summer construction.

Geauga Campus Science Labs Renovations

At the Geauga Campus, the existing biology lab will be completely renovated and a new chemistry lab will be created for the general sciences and biomedical programs. In addition to upgrading and/or replacing their floors, walls, ceilings and teaching facilities, the project will include ventilation improvements; replacement and expansion of laboratory fume hoods; and plumbing, lighting, power and data enhancements.

Salem Campus Building Additions and Expansions

To accommodate the expanding nursing program at Salem Campus, architects and engineers are currently designing the conversion of the existing gymnasium, locker rooms and racquetball courts, along with various science laboratories.

Stark Campus Center and Addition to the Fine Arts Building

Stark Campus’ chilled water system located in the new Campus Center currently serves the center as well as the Fine Arts Addition. A third chiller, cooling tower and associated pumping systems are being added to allow cooling of additional campus buildings. Piping in the Campus Center mechanical room is being revised to accommodate the new equipment. Existing underground piping south of the center will be extended to serve Main Hall, while sustaining its current pumping system. Direct buried branch piping will be extended and capped inside the building at the Library and Main Hall east wing for future connections. Excavation for the direct buried piping is expected to begin in late March and will be routed south of Campus Center, to the east side of the Library and Main Hall east wing, and due west to enter at the Main Hall mechanical room. Operational disruptions are expected to be minimal due to the location of construction activities; however, pedestrian walkways will be maintained and/or might be rerouted if necessary.

Stark Campus Pond Development

Currently, the original farm pond, now a marsh, is being excavated on the Stark Campus. A landscaped pond, including plantings and other enhancements, is being developed with an established woodland buffer zone surrounding the pond.

Stark Campus Student Parking Lot

Stark Campus’ new student parking lot is being planned for installation southeast of Main Hall, encompassing the existing gravel lot. Accommodating approximately 178 cars, this new lot will have site lighting, a concrete sidewalk, and a stairway leading to Main Hall.

Trumbull Campus Medium Voltage Capacitor Bank

Trumbull Campus has been leasing a capacitor bank from a local electric utility company; however, this lease expires in August 2005. A new, university-owned 12,470 V capacitor bank, matched for the campus’ electrical system, will be installed this summer to take the place of the existing leased unit. As a means to enable more efficient operation of the electrical system, the new capacitor bank will provide substantial energy savings through correction of poor power factoring. Contractors’ bids for construction will be opened on Feb. 25.

Trumbull Campus Stage Rigging

In the Main Classroom Building, the Trumbull Theatre will undergo a renovation to the stage rigging system. The antiquated manual rope and pulley system will be replaced with a more secure, modern electronic system. Electrical receptacles will also be upgraded to enhance the stage lighting capabilities.

Please Note: Construction activity on the following projects is ongoing. Other than what is noted above, there will not be any significant changes that will impact pedestrian or vehicular movement on the Kent Campus. If such changes occur, related information will be posted as a top news story on Kent State University's home page.

For additional construction information, please contact Jacqueline Mest in the Office of the University Architect at 330-672-7992. The Office of the University Architect the Web site can be found at http://www.kent.edu/universityarchitect/


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