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$1bn masterplan approved for Kent State University

The trustees of Kent State University in Ohio have approved a US$1bn plan to reshape the campus.

The new facilities masterplan is to be implemented in three phases over the next decade.

“Everything we do must be through the eyes of our students, both today’s and tomorrow’s,” said Larry Pollock, chair of the Kent State Board of Trustees. “These enhancements will meet the needs of students for decades by providing them with the engaging, educational space they need to help shape the world. Each phase holds thoughtful enhancements focused on our students first commitment that will also raise the prominence of the university, the city of Kent and all who call this region their home.”

In addition to building improvements and purpose-built classrooms, studios and labs, the plan includes a ‘walkable’ campus core with new sidewalks and bike trails. It also proposes the extension of Kent State’s Front Campus to include a signature ‘Main Street’ gateway to the university.

Anchoring the Main Street gateway is a new College of Business Administration building and the addition of green space and a modern parking deck to replace current parking lots. An innovation zone is also planned, with 24/7 maker spaces, multidisciplinary studios and dining.

Teaching and learning enhancements include an addition to the aeronautics and technology building, a new Kent State University Airport classroom building, research lab expansion at the integrated sciences building and renovations to the Memorial Athletic & Convocation Center and Kent Student Center.

The strategies were developed with broad input from a series of town hall and community meetings, and numerous informational sessions were held to seek input from students, faculty and staff.

 

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This article was published on 9 Mar 2018 (last updated on 9 Mar 2018).

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