WARREN - A large renovation and expansion project at Kent State University at Trumbull will continue next month after a successful asbestos abatement.
Hively Construction of Canfield, which had the lowest bid out of eight submitted to the school, will expand the university's primary lecture hall and construct a new entryway to the Classroom / Administration Building.
The renovation and expansion also will include 300 theater-style seats, new audio / visual and lecture equipment, a stage with wheelchair access and climate control equipment.
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This artist’s rendering shows the planned interior of Lecture Hall A at Kent State at Trumbull. The renovation / expansion project will cost $3.5 million and is being completed by Hively Construction of Canfield.
The area under the new seating will function as a sales floor or storage area for the campus bookstore.
The cost of the project is $3.5 million, all of which is being paid by the university.
"There's no state of Ohio capital money involved. We are funding it through accumulated earnings over time," Kent State facilities director Randall Malmsberry said.
Starting in mid-July, two walls will be removed from the facility. The project is expected to take approximately one year.
The renovation is the last of a series of updates to the 1970 building.
"It was in need of it, and we felt the time was right to do it. The seating in the lecture hall couldn't be replaced because of the style of the seating; it would not meet current building codes," Malmsberry said.
Due to the renovations, the campus bookstore, which is adjacent to the lecture hall, has been temporarily relocated to Room 132 in the Technology Building and will remain there until construction is complete.