Board to vote on building projects

Carrie Blazina

The Kent State Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote Wednesday to begin spending the $170 million bond it approved this summer to renovate and construct several buildings on campus.

If the board approves the use of the money for building projects, the five main projects will be:

  • $80 million to renovate Smith, Williams and Cunningham halls and to add multidisciplinary research labs to at least one of the three buildings.
  • $40 million for a new building for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.
  • $25 million to consolidate the six buildings used by the School of Art into two buildings.
  • $15 million for a new building for the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology.
  • $6 million to renovate the first floor of Olson Hall for use as the Center for Undergraduate Studies.

The board will meet publicly Wednesday in Twinsburg to have its quarterly meeting, and officials will speak at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Kent State Regional Academic Center.

“The Kent State University Regional Academic Center is Kent State’s latest investment in providing high-quality higher education to Northeast Ohio,” President Lester Lefton said in a press release. “The new academic center, with state-of-the-art classrooms, technology, and science and medical laboratories, will better serve our existing students and offer additional programs.”

The board’s public meeting is at 1:45 p.m. in Classroom 113/115 of the Regional Academic Center.

Contact Carrie Blazina at [email protected].