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Kent State Center LEEDs Connection Between University, City
December 9, 2016- The new Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design, on track to achieve the highest level of LEED certification, has opened.
The soon-to-be LEED platinum certified structure in Kent, Ohio, is intended to link the Kent State campus with the recently revitalized city of Kent through a continuous gallery and new esplanade, reports Architect.com. Designed by WEISS/MANFREDI, the 117,000-square-foot building was the winner of an international competition.
The center features a cafe, a gallery, a 200-seat lecture hall, classrooms and a library. On the top of the building is a 650-seat space dubbed the “Design Loft.”
On the roof, an 8,400-square-foot green roof manages stormwater and connects the “Design Loft” to the surrounding area.
The building includes regional materials, specifically an iron-spot brick façade that was fired at a local kiln. On the north side, the building has a large glazed curtain wall that lets natural light into studio spaces.