Geauga Classroom Building Exterior Fascia Panels and Canopy Replacement
Geauga Classroom Building's exterior fascia panels are original to the building and are deteriorating. The exterior fascia panels around entire perimeter of building will be removed and replaced. The existing fascia panels on the west entrance canopy will be removed and replaced to match the new south canopy. Currently, this project is under design by Karl R. Rohrer Associates, Inc. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.
Olson Center Rehabilitation for Undergraduate Studies
Olson Center, located along the University Esplanade and adjacent to the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center, was constructed in 1961 as a dining facility, but was converted to offices in the early 1980s. Building renovations will address the growing list of deferred maintenance issues, but more importantly, will enhance the building facade facing this highly-visited section of the campus. The Department of Undergraduate Studies is located in the Olson Center; the Undergraduate Studies Center for Excellence tutoring and other operations are located in the Schwartz Center and the Library. Undergraduate Studies is responsible for assisting undecided students with degree and career planning; assessing the basic skills of all entering freshman students; providing tutoring services that promote student learning; and providing support tools and resources for low-income, first generation and precollege students. At 28,000 SF, the former kitchen and dining hall areas that currently house Undergraduate Studies and two departments from the School of Art will be transformed into a modern, student-focused tutoring and exploratory advising center. With its prime location in the center of campus, students could easily access tools to help them achieve success at Kent State University, including group tutoring, walk-in tutoring, online tutoring and scheduled tutoring. The art programs, currently located on the north side of the building, will be permanently relocated into the new art facility once it is completed. Domokur Architects is assisting with designing this project. Investigation of existing building conditions and programming are underway. The project is entering the Schematic Design phase as the Program of Requirements estimates are being completed. This project will be registered with the USGBC for minimum Silver LEED certification. Maximizing energy conservation is a critical component of the design goals to comply with House Bill 251. Separate consultants are under contract to assist Kent State on this project: The Ruhlin Company is serving as the Major Construction Program Manager, Doty & Miller Architects & Planners, Inc. is the LEED Process Consultant, and Four Seasons Environmental, Inc. is the Commissioning Agent. This General Contracting project is being managed via OAKS-CI.