The last bit of red tape to move forward with Kent State University's new building for its College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology was cleared Tuesday in a special Board of Trustees committee meeting.
The Finance and Administration Committee of KSU's trustees approved a contract with the project's construction manager at risk, Hammond Construction, that ensures costs on the building will not exceed $17.75 million.
"If there are cost savings accrued ... we will reap the favorable benefit of those, but we will not be subject to higher costs," said Gregg Floyd, KSU senior vice president of finance and administration.
The new building, which is part of the university's $200 million Foundations of Excellence campaign will be situated on the Science Mall in between the Mathematics and Computer Sciences and the Liquid Crystal Materials Science buildings. Its entrance will face Henderson Hall, with its rear facing East Summit Street.
The 55,000-square-foot building will have two above-ground levels and a lower level that will include the college's air traffic control simulator and labs.
Underground utility relocations and work for a new parking to accommodate loss of parking with the new building are already underway, and the project is expected to be complete in November 2014.
The College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology -- renamed from the College of Technology in 2012 -- is now located in Van Deusen Hall, built in 1951 off Terrace Drive.
After the college moves into its new home on the Science Mall, Van Deusen Hall will be renovated to house the School of Art in an art complex that will also include the neighboring Art Annex Building and a new structure, unifying the school whose facilities are currently spread out in six buildings.
"I'm excited to see that this building will be moving forward expeditiously," said KSU President Lester Lefton. "This really means that we'll be putting steel in the ground within a couple of months."
Stephen Colecchi, chair of the trustees finance committee, said the board's action to finalize the project costs were necessary so that foundation work could move forward, allowing projects to stay on time and budget.
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