KSU chooses finalists for architecture building

4 compete to design architecture college

Record-Courier Staff Report Published:

Kent State University announced Monday the finalists competition to select an architecture firm to design the new building for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

The four teams selected for the last stage of the design competition are:

Bialosky and Partners Architects, with offices in New York and Cleveland, in association with Architecture Research Office of New York

Richard L. Bowen and Associates Inc. of Cleveland in association with Weiss/Manfredi of New York

The Collaborative Inc. of Toledo in association with the Miller Hull Partnership of Seattle

Westlake Reed Leskosky with offices in Cleveland and four other cities

The new building is planned to sit on the new section of the KSU Esplanade, a pedestrian walkway through campus that is currently being extended into downtown Kent.

"This design competition has been an exciting process, and the anticipation only grows as we prepare for the final steps," said Douglas Steidl, dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. "We perceive this as a building that will focus on the future, be a building that sets a new standard for collaboration between constituencies and reflects a high level of respect for the built environment while respecting the natural systems of our planet."

The estimated cost of the new facility is $40 million.

Kent State received 37 entries in the design competition from a group of internationally recognized architecture firms interested in working on the building.

"The list of interested firms was unprecedented for a Kent State project," Steidl said.

The design goals established for the project include:

Facilitating peer-to-peer learning by consolidating the College of Architecture and Environmental Design in one location.

Recognizing through architecture that Kent State is an economic and design force in Northeast Ohio.

Facilitating collaboration between all constituencies within the college and within the larger community.

Providing a structure that demonstrates a commitment to sustainable practices, approaches zero energy/zero carbon dioxide emissions and demonstrates that commitment to the users, the university community and the public.

Offers spaces for design and construction research.

Provides future flexibility of use.

In January 2013, the four selected teams will present their design concepts, sustainability data and a cost estimate to the selection committee, followed by an abbreviated presentation that will be open to the public, including College of Architecture and Environmental Design students and faculty. While the sustainability data is analyzed and the cost estimate will be reviewed by independent sources, the presentation materials will be further evaluated by the jury to determine the winning design scheme. The winner of the competition is expected to be announced in February 2013.

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