To revitalize its core science facilities and establish the institution as a beacon of discovery in the Midwest, Kent State University renovated three 1960s buildings. Williams Hall, Smith Hall, and Cunningham Hall underwent interventions of varying degrees to create an iconic and unified home for the sciences on campus. The renovations address deferred maintenance issues and reflect Kent State’s commitment to supporting new pedagogies and curricula. Additionally, the new Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) is a three-story facility adjoining Williams Hall. The building uses standardized modules to create flexibility with generous floor-to-floor heights to accommodate MEP needs. The main entrance reflects STEM principles and provides a two-story gathering space, a large circulation corridor, and study spaces. This project was completed with associate architect Payto Architects.
The post-WWII era brought a surge of construction to college campuses. Today, many universities are at a crossroads regarding what to do with these buildings.
Ayers Saint Gross is pleased to announce that three of our recent projects have earned recognition from AIA Baltimore.
Ayers Saint Gross was the architect for these renovations and additions for multiple science building at Kent State University, slated to open in 2017.
Animated rendering of the new Kent State University Integrated Sciences Building, designed by Ayers Saint Gross.
Chemistry, biochemistry, biological sciences and physics students have been using the new facility since classes started in August.