Architects Assess Art Building

Kent State has hired Cleveland-based Payto Architects and Ayers Saint Gross, of Baltimore, Md., to complete a space needs study possible new facilities to house the schools of Visual Communication Design (VCD) and Art.

The Art Building
The firms are collaborating to examine the current facilities as well as to assess desired facilities for staff and faculty, classrooms and studios, graduate studios, Glyphix and gallery space that meet academic program requirements.

"We have outgrown our current space," says VCD Director AnnMarie LeBlanc. "Each semester, classes are scheduled back-to-back throughout the week, and there is no room for growth. The building is in need of greater energy efficiency, and both the exterior and interior of the building are in need of significant structural and aesthetic work."

LeBlanc says she would also like the new building to have studio spaces dedicated to graduate students, a gallery appropriate for the display of traditional and digital work, a space for permanently storing the school's collection and archiving digital files, a materials library, a photographic lighting studio as well as new or improved facilities for Glyphix, an award-winning design firm; the Kent State AppleStore; and Type High Press, a fully-functioning letter press.

Currently, VCD and the School of Art occupy the Art Building. VCD also occupies a photo illustration studio/classroom in the Gym Annex.

The VCD faculty will provide input regarding the desired space, equipment and technology to best serve its undergraduate and graduate students. The faculty, staff and director will address the different types of spaces needed; academic, administrative and student services.

When the firms finish the formal assessment, they will send a proposal to Kent State's Office of the University Architects.

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