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Construction Projects Completed in 2014

Here are the major construction projects that were completed during 2014:

Centennial Research Park Multi-Discipline Lab
Swing space is needed while the science facilities are being renovated and research space is needed for new hires. Van Auken Akins Architects designed the renovations to Centennial Research Park’s former 4,000 SF wash bay area, which includes installation of lab casework, window openings, new restrooms, HVAC, fire protection, electrical distribution and lighting systems. Infinity Construction Company completed on-site construction in January. University personnel from the College of Public Health and the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology  relocated to Centennial Research Park.

Field House Locker Room Expansion
The Field House was expanded along the south side of the building to provide locker room facilities for Women's Softball, Women's Field Hockey, Women's Soccer and both Men's and Women's Track teams. Braun & Steidl, Architects, Inc. served as the Criteria Architect/Engineer for this project. Regency Construction Services, Inc. served as the Design-Build firm. Construction of the new 13,000 SF addition was completed in January. The student athletes and coaches are occupying the newly-completed locker rooms.

Geauga Transit Shelter
At Geauga Campus, a new transit center was built at the south parking area of the Main Classroom Building. Karl R. Rohrer Associates designed this project and Poggemeyer Design Group assisted with administering the Federal transportation grant requirements. Kent State incorporated the State of Ohio and the Federal requirements into the construction documents. The parking area was paved and striped and the parking lot light poles were set. Partially-buried utility connections were rerouted from the new parking lot to reconnect to the building. Hummel Construction Company’s construction activities were completed in April.

Gym Annex Pool Adaptive Reuse Renovations
In the Gym Annex, the 10,000 SF former aquatics area, vacant for the past ten years, was renovated to provide classrooms and laboratories for the School of Visual Communications and Design. This project, designed by Braun & Steidl, Architects, was critically needed to address temporary classroom space while major campus improvements are completed over the next four years. Construction was completed on the first and second floors and classrooms were occupied at the start of spring semester. The former pool mechanical rooms and pool diving area were converted to facility maintenance space and storage. Outdoors, the hill was graded and seeded and the parking lot was repaired. Summit Construction Company's work is nearing completion with installation of the railing on the retaining wall and the chiller closure remaining to be completed.

Library Fifth Floor Renovation
The fifth floor of the Library was renovated for Undergraduate Studies for temporary use as swing space while the Olson Center is under construction. Last summer, journals and shelving were removed from fifth floor of the Library, providing a wide-open space. The project, designed by Payto Architects, Inc., included abatement of all asbestos-containing floor tile and mastic. Drywall partitions were built to create a large conference room and an office suite with two private offices. New carpet was installed and all walls were painted. Stitle Construction Corporation completed construction and Undergraduate Studies moved from the Olson Center to their new space at the end of January.

Library Roof Replacement and Parapet Repairs
URS Corporation designed this project to replace the Library’s tower and main building roofing systems. Work involves installation of lighting protection and fall protection, and the removal of old chillers and cooling towers no longer in service. Terik Roofing's masonry restoration, roofing, coping installations, and installation of the roof ladder were completed this winter.

McGilvrey Hall Building Envelope Restoration
Carl Walker, Inc. designed this project to replace McGilvrey Hall’s building roof systems and prepare for a major restoration of the building’s stone and brick facades. Work involved installation of lighting protection and fall protection, and removal of old mechanical equipment no longer in service. Hively Contracting Company needs to schedule final inspection of the lightning protection system in order to complete the project.

Stockdale Dispatch Renovations
Designed by Four Points Architectural Services, Stockdale’s dispatch center was relocated into a larger, more secured room. Renovations entailed complete demolition and reconstruction of the new center and installation of furniture systems for five dispatch workstations. Last summer, The Cornice Co., Inc. completed installation of the new dispatch center. New windows were installed and the HVAC improvements were completed in early 2014.

Tuscarawas Eugene Tolloty Technology Center Incubator
Northeast of the Kent State University at Tuscarawas Campus, the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) of Tuscarawas County constructed the 170-acre Tuscarawas Technology Park in 2008. All roadways throughout the Technology Park are paved and all utilities have been installed with the roadways. The Eugene Tolloty Technology Center Incubator is the first building constructed in the Technology Park; it is located on the 7.8 acre “Development Area F”. Kent State University at Tuscarawas owns the building and it is being managed and operated by the CIC of Tuscarawas County. A 25,000 SF business/technology incubator was built with 15,000 SF of office, conference and laboratory spaces. The focus of the incubator is to provide start-up space to high-tech companies involved in research and development. Efforts continue to be made to attract information technology, computer animation, polymer research and development, biotech and nanotech research companies, advanced materials research companies, and other high-tech research and development companies. The master plan for the Technology Park identifies future construction of buildings to take place in clusters on various multi-acre parcels. The terrain is heavily rolling with portions of the land previously reclaimed from coal mining. Forty-eight acres are set-aside for LEED-certified structures, and along with the remaining 112 acres, have restrictive covenants and building review standards for a quality-controlled, unified development. Kent State is preparing documents to meet LEED certification standards for energy efficiency. Funding for this project was made up of grants from the Ohio Department of Development Job Ready Sites, the Community Improvement Corporation of Tuscarawas County; and the US Department of Commerce, EDA. Additional funding was provided by the Tuscarawas County University Branch District. Poggemeyer Design Group designed this project; Jeffrey Carr Construction was the General Contractor. This project was completed at the end of April. A dedication celebration was held on June 17.

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