This project involved a three-story expansion and renovation to an existing four-story
educational building at Kent State University. The new addition was designed to resemble
that of the existing.
The existing building consisted of wall-bearing construction. The scope of work at
the existing building included an extensive renovation including its HVAC systems and
basement space. There were numerous existing masonry infill locations as well as new
masonry openings. Many of the new openings were through bearing walls, so these walls
had to be checked for load-carrying capacity. The existing building also included new
areaways and new slab infill.
The addition included office and classroom space, as well as a 2-tier connector with
vehicular underpass below. The connector bridged the existing building with the remainder
of the new addition. The addition had a steel ordinary moment frame to resist seismic and
wind loadings. A 17’-0”-tall first floor interstitial space produced large dynamic effects
under lateral loads. These effects were mitigated to ensure movements were within the
allowable range. There was an ornamental canopy at the main entrance and a penthouse
level with mechanical space. Floor framing was entirely of steel beams. Stairwells
consisted of curtain wall construction. Site and basement retaining walls were required.