Kent State breaks ground on new sciences building


Kent State President Beverly Warren, Dean of Arts and Sciences James Blank, State Representative Kathleen Clyde and donors Jack and Joy Timken celebrate as confetti is shot for the Integrated Science building Groundbreaking event Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The confetti was shot out to symbolize the groundbreaking of the new science building that will soon be built on campus.

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Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday to celebrate the construction of the university’s new Integrated Sciences Building.

The $37.55-million building will be adjacent to the Student Green. The project also encompasses the renovations of Williams, Cunningham and Smith halls.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said James Blank, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “We still have a ways to go. It’s a huge investment to the university.”

The 57,000-square-foot building is expected to have new teaching spaces for the chemistry, biology and physics departments. It is also slated to include 12 new research labs, larger classrooms able to seat up to 100 students and a 13,500-square-foot unfinished basement that will provide room for future renovations.

The building is expected to be finished in Fall 2017.

 Keisha Burley is the architecture and environmental design reporter for The Kent Stater. Contact her at [email protected].