Sharing the Vision: Health and Science Building Unveiled

It was standing room only in the Blue and Gold Room on the Ashtabula Campus April 17, as designs for the new Health and Science Building were unveiled. Architectural renderings, floor plans, brick samples, floor and wall covering samples and more were on display to the contributors, public officials, community leaders and campus faculty and staff.

Kent State Ashtabula Dean Susan Stocker and Tim Hunsicker of CBLH Design unveil the plans for the Ashtabula Campus' new Health and Science Building.

Kent State Ashtabula Dean Susan Stocker and Campaign Chair Glenn Warner unveil the plans for the Ashtabula Campus' new Health and Science Building.

Dean Susan Stocker, who opened the celebration, expressed her pleasure at how close the campus is to realizing this vision. “There were a lot of people who said we would never raise this kind of money in Ashtabula County, but here we are at the $4.2 million dollar mark and we still have opportunities for more contributions,” Stocker says.

Tim Hunsicker of CBLH Design led the crowd through the floor plans using a PowerPoint presentation that explained the unique features and overall design of the building. "We took into account the severe weather patterns found on the shores of Lake Erie when deciding what kind of material would be used and other architectural features," Hunsicker says.

"Today is a great day," Glen Warner, chair of the Next Step Campaign says. "It's a great day because we have reached an important benchmark in the campaign but more funds are needed."

The original goal of raising $4 million dollars from local contributions was expanded as the vision for the building expanded. The new goal has been set at $6 million for the $15 million project.

The new building was initially planned for the nursing and physical therapist assistant programs. However, local health care providers from Ashtabula County Medical Center, University Hospitals and The Cleveland Clinic identified the region's growing need for allied health professionals. In response, new majors are being, and have been, added to the degree programs offered on the Ashtabula Campus.

These new programs resulted in expansion of the vision for the building. Additional building requirements now include class rooms and clinical labs for the new majors with special considerations like lead-lined walls for radiologic technology labs and a cadaver lab to be used by all allied health programs.

The April event provided an occasion to unveil the plans for the building and to celebrate the campaign's success thus far. The campus continues to reach out to donors at all levels to provide them opportunities to invest in the expanded vision at Kent State University Ashtabula.

Groundbreaking for the new building is set for July 17.

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