Construction Zone: Update on Construction Projects at Kent State


Spring and summer heavy construction activities are quickly approaching as project designs are being finalized and documents are being assembled to advertise for bidding. Across Kent State's eight campuses, here are the major facility and infrastructure improvements being administered by the Office of the University Architect:

Work on the new Stopher/Johnson Residence Halls continues.
Work on the new Stopher and Johnson Residence Halls continues. Photo by Jeff Gidden
Ongoing projects under construction:

  • Electrical Distribution Improvements
  • Power Plant Steam-Driven Chiller
  • Stopher and Johnson Residence Halls Replacement and Honors College
  • Trumbull Campus Theatre Stage Rigging

Contract awards awaiting release of state funds:

  • Franklin Hall Rehabilitation
  • Kent Campus Steam System Upgrades, Phase 2
  • Trumbull Campus Cooling Tower and Chiller Replacement

Projects advertised for construction bids:

  • Feb. 9: WKSU-FM Remote Repeaters Emergency Generators
  • Feb. 21: Allerton Balcony/Stair Rehabilitation

Projects currently under design:

  • Baseball Stadium Improvements, Phase 2
  • Bikeway and Sidewalk Improvements
  • Business Administration Building Roof Repairs
  • Campus Environment and Operations Fueling Station
  • Dix Stadium Toilet Room Mechanical and Electrical Systems Upgrade
  • Geauga Campus Classroom Building Interior Renovation
  • Ice Arena Boiler Replacement
  • Leebrick Hall Toilet and Shower Room Rehabilitation
  • Library Generator Replacement
  • MAC Center Roof Replacement, Phase 1
  • MAC Center Portico Roof Replacement
  • Men's and Women's Golf Teams' Golf Course Training Facility
  • Michael Schwartz Center Glass Block Replacement
  • Oscar Ritchie Hall Rehabilitation
  • Residence Services Bathroom/Shower Facilities Renovations
  • Roof Replacements, Multiple Buildings, Kent Campus
  • Salem Campus Gymnasium Roof Replacement and Fascia Restoration
  • Small Group Phase I Fire Alarm Upgrades
  • Student Center Ballroom Improvements
  • The PORTAGE: Horning Road to Loop Road Segment
  • Tri-Towers Rotunda Renovations for Design Studios
  • University Esplanade, Phase 3

Fundraising campaigns underway for:

  • Ashtabula Campus Health Science Building
  • Salem Campus Building Additions and Expansions
  • Tuscarawas Campus Performing Arts Center

Selecting a construction management team:

Oscar Ritchie Hall Rehabilitation

Selecting design firms:

Kent Multimodal Transportation Center Planning Study

Detailed descriptions of each project can be found on the Office of the University Architect’s Web site.

For the latest updates on roadway and walkway closings due to construction, please reference the Construction Detours Web site.

Please contact Jacqueline Mest in the Office of the University Architect by calling 330-672-7992 for additional project information.


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