Construction Zone: Update on Construction Projects at Kent State

Across Kent State's eight campuses, contracts are being processed for summer construction projects that will commence mid-May. The major facility and infrastructure improvements administered by the Office of the University Architect are as follows:

Ongoing projects under construction:
Allerton Balcony/Stair Rehabilitation
Electrical Distribution Improvements
Franklin Hall Rehabilitation
Kent Campus Steam System Upgrades, Phase 2
Library Emergency Generator Replacement
Power Plant Steam-Driven Chiller
Stopher and Johnson Residence Halls Replacement and Honors College
Terrace Hall and Allerton Buildings G and H Deconstruction and Salvage
Trumbull Cooling Tower and Chiller Replacement
Trumbull Theatre Stage Rigging
WKSU Remote Repeaters Emergency Generators

Construction on Stopher and Johnson halls continues. Photo by Ariane Cavin
Construction on Stopher and Johnson halls continues. Photo by Ariane Cavin
Contracts pending:
Allyn, Manchester and Dunbar Halls Toilet and Shower Room Renovations
Baseball Field Improvements, Phase 2, Bleacher Package
Business Administration Building Lecture Hall HVAC and Roof Replacement
East Liverpool Classroom Building First Floor Interior Renovation
Geauga Classroom Building Interior Renovation
Ice Arena Boiler Replacement
Leebrick Hall Toilet and Shower Room Rehabilitation
Library Fourth Floor Air Handler Replacement
Library Fourth Floor Roof Replacement
MAC Center Roof Replacements, Phase 1
Michael Schwartz Center Roof Rehabilitation
Salem Gymnasium Roof Replacement and Fascia Restoration
Small Group Phase 2 Fire Alarm Upgrades
Stark Main Hall Fire Alarm Upgrade
Stark Student Parking Lot Resurfacing
Student Center Ballroom Improvements
Trumbull Classroom Building Fire Alarm System Upgrade
Tuscarawas Selected Interior Renovations
University Esplanade, Phase 3

Projects advertised for construction bids:
April 24 : Allerton Buildings G and H and Terrace Hall Demolition
April 25 : Allerton Building J Re-roof
April 26 : Music and Speech Center Roof Rehabilitation, Phase 1
April 27 : Summer 2006 Parking Lot Sealing
May 9 : Dix Stadium Toilet Room Mechanical and Electrical Systems Upgrade
May 10 : Stark Main Hall Plaza Renovations and Lobby Roof Replacement
May 12 : Michael Schwartz Center Glass Block Replacement
May 15 : Stark Library Lower Level Renovation
May 17 : Dix Stadium Structural Repairs

Other summer projects bidding this spring:
Art Building Roof Replacement
Men's and Women's Golf Teams' Golf Course Training Facility
Stark Dressler Rd./University Ave. Signage
Stark Exterior Walkway Lighting
Stockdale Roof Replacement
The PORTAGE: Horning Road to Loop Road Segment
Tri-Towers Rotunda Renovations for Design Studios

Projects under design:
Campus Environment and Operations Fuel Station (redesign)
Lake and Olson Halls Toilet and Shower Room Renovations
Oscar Ritchie Hall Rehabilitation
Satterfield Hall Masonry Repairs
Smith Hall Coping and Concrete Repairs
Williams Hall Masonry Repairs

Fundraising campaigns underway:
Ashtabula Health Science Building
Salem Building Additions and Expansions
Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center

Requesting design firm qualifications:
Building Envelope Assessment

Selecting design firms:
Ice Arena Locker Room Expansion
Kent Multimodal Transportation Center Planning Study

Detailed descriptions of each project can be found on Design and Construction Projects Underway on the Office of the University Architect’s Web site at 

For the latest updates on roadway and walkway closings due to construction, visit Construction Detours Spring 2006 at

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

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