Competition for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Westlake Reed Leskosky recently completed a concept design for a new building for the Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design as one of four finalists in a design competition. The 120,000 SF building will contain design studios, offices, classrooms, fabrication labs and library / research spaces as well as a café. The building is sited along the esplanade, a new campus pedestrian thoroughfare linking the University's core campus with downtown Kent. In plan and section, the building was designed to respect, yet co-opt, the esplanade; the building engages the campus pedestrian with the activities within the building via circulation, transparency and varying landscape. The 3-story building provides flexibility on all levels and facilitates collaboration by the creation of non-traditional gathering and encounter spaces throughout the building. The building is designed with sustainable design techniques, both passive and active, to provide an anticipated 60% energy use and 50% water use reduction compared to baseline.