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Kent State University nets $4.2M from state board for projects

By MARC KOVAC Capital Bureau Chief Published: March 27, 2017 3:23 PM

COLUMBUS -- The state Controlling Board released more than $4.2 million for building projects at Kent State University's main campus and Geauga County location.

Close to $3.8 million of that total will be used to replace failing heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems in Bowman Hall, a large classroom and administrative building that was constructed in 1962 and that houses KSU's College of Arts and Sciences, according to documents.

While some of the existing systems in the 82,000-square-foot facility have been updated, "the majority of the building's HVAC system is a two pipe fan coil and unit ventilator system that is original and is at the end of its useful life," according to documents.

Regency Construction Services Inc. of Lakewood will handle the work.

Also Monday, lawmakers OK'd nearly $109,000 for laboratory updates in Moulton Hall to accommodate and expansion of KSU's College of Public Health, one of two such colleges in the state.

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According to documents, KSU "identified vacant space in Terrace Hall as the target location for the growing Public Health program, but after a detailed review it was determined that Moulton Hall would be a better long-term location for the program. Much of Moulton Hall is already utilized by the College of Public Health therefore, by relocating the dean's office and expanding the program in this location rather than in Terrace Hall, the college would be consolidated in two locations."

The funds released Monday will be used to purchase maple and steel lab casework from Superior Lab Systems of Lebanon.

Additionally, the Controlling board released more than $364,000 for a roof replacement for the main classroom building at KSU's Geauga County campus. Tusing Builders of Monroeville will handle the work.

In other business, the Controlling Board released $58,575 for the demolition of the key and scale shop building at the Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center in Portage County.

The building was constructed in 1941 and has since been condemned, with "major structural repairs and systems renovations that would cost more than 50 percent of" its estimated value, according to documents.

Ray Bertolini Trucking Co. from Summit County submitted the low bid for the work.

Lawmakers also signed off on a $27,000-plus contract with the Davey Resources Group to conduct stream and wetland mitigation monitoring at Camp Ravenna.

Marc Kovac covers the Ohio Statehouse for Gatehouse Media. Contact him at mkovac@recordpub.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.


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