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Campus Improvements at Kent State Stark

Campus Improvements

Present Campus Projects


Maintenance Building Envelope Repairs and Roof Replacement

The Maintenance Building's masonry was in poor condition and in need of repair, and the roof had several active leaks and was in need of significant repairs. This project involved masonry repairs, including brick replacements, tuckpointing, replacement of exterior sealants, repairs of exterior doors and railings. The building was power-washed and water repellant was applied. The majority of damaged brick and damaged mortar joints were removed and replaced. By the end of September, the metal roof, all flashings, gutters and insulation were replaced with a new roofing system with a 30-year warranty. Jeffrey Carr Construction's on-site work, including the installation of overhead doors and painting, was completed by the end of October. This project, designed by Harris/Day Architects, Inc., is in process of being closed out.


Stark Library HVAC and Ceiling Replacement

The second phase of this multiple-phased project involves HVAC upgrades and interior renovations to Stark's Library Building. The Library Building, built in 1976, houses the Library, offices, classrooms and supports spaces. During the second phase, custom Moduline air terminal units, associated ductwork and diffusers were replaced in preparation for installation of a new VAV terminal unit with hydronic reheat coils. A boiler reheat system with distribution to limited piping throughout the building will expand the system. This project was designed for future phases including installation of a new ceiling, lighting and sprinkler system. A standard ceiling grid layout replaces the former custom ceiling tiles. The enhanced energy reduction design allows the HVAC system to account for the sprinkler system, ceiling and lighting systems with LED technology so that the mechanical system will not have to be modified in the future. Peters Tschantz & Associates, Inc. designed this multiple-phase project. The Standard Plumbing and Heating Company is nearing completion of the mechanical system upgrades under the second phase. Elevator work associated with the fire alarm upgrade will be completed during winter break. The third phase will be completed once additional funding is secured.

Sciences Building

BHDP Architecture assisted the university with designing a new Kent State University at Stark Sciences Building of approximately 41,140 SF and renovating approximately 5,250 SF of the existing Main Hall East Wing. Heapy Engineering is serving as the Commissioning Agent. The new building will support the Science programs and will accommodate science teaching and research laboratories such as Biology, Physics, and Geology, as well as Nursing laboratories and classrooms. The building will also include general and computer classrooms, faculty offices and a student cyber lounge. Main Hall East Wing will then be renovated and the existing Biology laboratories and prep/storage areas will be converted to accommodate the Chemistry program. The new building is located adjacent to the existing Main Hall East Wing with a link at the second floor to connect the new Sciences Building with the renovated science laboratories in the Main Hall East Wing. Site development includes a building receiving area, accessible parking, pedestrian walkways, lighting and landscaping. Jeffrey Carr Construction's work on the new building is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2015. The ground floor is currently in a state of temporary enclosure with temporary heat. Gypsum boards are being hung on one side of all partitions to permit the rough-in of MEP work. The ground floor overhead MEP rough-in is nearly complete. The main floor metal studs are 80% complete with installation of gypsum board starting once enclosure is achieved. Installation of the second floor metal studs is 40% complete and is following the progress of the main floor. The exterior shell is expected to have temporary enclosure on all levels by the beginning of December. Renovations to the vacated spaces are scheduled to occur during the spring/summer of 2015.

Brian Gardner
Sr. Facility Manager
131B Main Hall