Foundations of Excellence
Newly Completed Projects
May Prentice House & Poetry Park
As the new home of the Wick Poetry Center, the May Prentice House has been restored and renovated to provide a larger and more flexible space for Wick programs and community use. In addition to housing the Wick staff and intern offices, the house offers a state-of-the-art digital classroom, the Stan and Tom Wick Library, the Jo Woodward Reading Room, and a third-floor Poet's Loft for quiet reflection and student conferences.
A Dedication will be held September 26, 2014 to celebrate the Poetry Center's new home.
Field House Locker Room
The 12,000-square foot addition, added to the south side of the Field House, will provide locker rooms for field hockey, softball, women's soccer and men's and women's track and field/cross country athletes. The building also includes coaches' locker rooms, athletic training facilities and a new entryway into the Field House.
Kent State University coaches and athletes joined university administrators and donors for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 25 to celebrate the opening. The Field House addition is the initial phase of the Kent State Athletic Department's "Building Champions" initiative and part of the university's "Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future" initiative.
The Kent State University Esplanade
The Kent State University Esplanade is part of the solid partnership between Kent State University, the City of Kent, and PARTA. The partnership is built around the economic redevelopment of downtown Kent and improving the quality of life enjoyed by our students, residents, and business community.
This a vital connection between the university and the downtown projects, including PARTA’s new Kent Central Gateway multimodal transit center, private developments from Acorn Alley and Fairmount Properties, and the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center.
The University Esplanade officially ends at Haymaker Parkway. However, through a coordinated planning effort with the city of Kent, a new crosswalk and traffic signal have been installed to align with the Esplanade on the city road and allow pedestrians to cross Haymaker safely into downtown.
The university and city are already receiving recognition for this collaborative effort. In June of this year, the university and the city received the inaugural award from the International Town-Gown Association (ITGA) that honors the town-gown relationship that best represents the spirit of ITGA.Kent State Receives Award for Town-Gown Collaboration