Kent State University
Design Innovation Hub - Kent, Ohio
Type: Renovation & Addition
Size: 78,000 sq. ft.
LEED Status: Silver
Services: Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, civil, fire protection, and technology
The building, built in the 1970s, was transformed into a facility for collaborative learning and innovative design. Students will utilize various maker spaces to carry out projects which will help address future technology and changes in society. It also contains a new cafeteria-style dining facility.
The building envelope was completely removed back to the steel. All existing utilities were demolished. The MEPT designs included completely new systems. Four-pipe fan coil units were used throughout the building to limit the amount of overhead ductwork due to low floor-to-floor elevations. Specialized designs were created for specific needs such as the kitchen hood exhaust and grease interceptor, flexible electricity access in laboratories, and workshop exhausts and dust collectors. State of the art controls were installed throughout.