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“This is the place we want to be, and we’re very happy to be part of the Kent community.”
- Karl Warnke, The Davey Tree Expert Company

IMAGE: Foundations of Excellence - Building the Future
IMAGE: Campus view from arch on the Esplanade
Campus view from arch on the Esplanade
IMAGE: Arch on the Esplanade
Arch on the Esplanade
IMAGE: Sky-Lounge at Wright Hall
Sky-Lounge at Wright Hall
IMAGE: Sky-Lounge at Wright Hall
Sky-Lounge at Wright Hall
IMAGE: Sky-Lounge at Wright Hall
Sky-Lounge at Wright Hall
IMAGE: Field House locker room renovations
Field House locker room renovations

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.

Learn more about the Wick Poetry Center

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

Tri-Towers Sky-Lounge

Wright Hall has a new sky-lounge situated on the 10th floor of the building. The floor has been renovated to house the 3,000 square foot lounge and gathering area. New, larger windows provide natural light into the lounge. In coming years, sky-lounges will be added to Koonce and Leebrick halls.
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