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Local Company Hired to Build New Sciences Building

Posted Dec. 19, 2013

Plans for Kent State University at Stark’s new Sciences Building are progressing with the recent appointment of the contracting company, Jeffrey Carr Construction of Massillon, Ohio.
The $17 million renovation, designed by the Columbus-based architecture firm Baxter Hodell Donnelly Preston Inc., d.b.a. BHDP Architecture, will be Kent State Stark’s seventh major building on the 200-acre campus. It will be located adjacent to the existing Main Hall East Wing, connected by a bridge-link lounge at the second-floor level, and provide a platform for increased student research through hands-on education and active learning.
Kent State Stark, the largest regional campus of Kent State and Stark County’s only public university, has experienced record enrollment growth over the last decade.
The 41,140 sq. ft. Sciences Building, along with 5,250 sq. ft. of remodeled lab space in Main Hall’s East Wing, will anchor the sciences to the campus, addressing the growing needs of disciplines, such as geology, chemistry, biology, nursing and physics, and doubling the campus’s teaching labs from five to 10. The building will also feature a 125-seat lecture hall, a 55-station computer classroom and a state-of-the-art nursing simulation laboratory.
Continuing with the commitment to reduce the environmental impact of campus operations, while promoting ecological sustainability, the Sciences Building will achieve LEED® Gold Certification through the implementation of elements, such as a green roof, solar-generated hot water, light-harvesting techniques, energy optimization through dedicated heat recovery chillers and on-site storm water management with rain gardens and bioswales.