Kent State at Stark's new science building is one step closer to opening. Faculty, staff, administrators and students got to sign their names on the final structural beam before it was set in place.
Kent State at Stark’s new science building is one step closer to opening. Faculty, staff, administrators and students got to sign their names on the final structural beam before it was set in place.
The new building is a state-of-the-art LEED Gold Certified building that is under construction behind the Main Hall on the Jackson Township campus. The building will be used for a number of classes including nursing, biology and geology. There will also be computer and general classrooms, a student lounge and group study spaces.
“We’ll be renovating the current science labs in the Main Hall to become chemistry labs after the new building is open,” said Cynthia Williams, public relations coordinator.
The new building will have a large lecture hall, faculty offices, lab space and a green roof that can also be used for learning. Robert Hamilton, assistant professor of biological sciences, said he will be excited to see the building finished.
“Words can’t describe the way I feel about moving into the new building,” Hamilton said. “This will be a quantum leap for our capabilities in offering courses and research.”
The first person to sign was Dean Walter Wagor on June 25. He made mention of how many people on campus have been waiting for the completion of the new science building.
“For those that have been waiting such a long time for the building, it’s really there and it’s really happening,” Wagor said. “This is such a crucial building for our campus and for a number of programs that will be using the building. We have a great nursing program and we just added the RN to BSN program that will be housed in the new building. The biology degrees we started a few years ago will also be there. Students regardless of their major will benefit from having the new building.”
The building is schedule to open in the fall of 2015.
Wagor also said building to LEED Gold standards demonstrates Kent State’s commitment to being good stewards of the environment and to sustainability.
Williams said there are a lot of things happening on the campus this summer.
There is a new interim dean, Denise Seachrist, who took Dean Wagor’s place July 1. A new president, Beverly Warren, for the Kent State system started on the same date. She will be visiting the regional campuses including Kent State Stark over the next few months.
“Beverly Warren will be visiting our campus to learn how we serve our community. She’ll spend a few days at each a campus to meet everyone working on campus as well as people in the different communities,” Williams said.
Williams said the Stark campus is also excited about being host to the Blues in Schools program. The program is open to a select group of Stark County high school musicians and includes a blues education and performance program.
Williams said the group plays all summer and uses the Kent State Stark campus to practice.
“Kent State has been the group’s home base for the past four years and we’re excited to be a part of the group’s efforts,” Williams said.