Kent State University's new Institutional Advancement Building (IAB) redefines an important gateway to the university's campus and consolidates multiple agencies into one facility. The University's Alumni Center, its Foundation and associated administrative offices for outreach are housed in the new building. City Architecture led programming processes that determined how the different functions and operations can be strengthened through strategic physical relationships. The IAB balances private offices with several board and banquet rooms that must be public in nature. In addition to the daily operations, fundraisers and benefits will be housed at this state-of-the-art facility, and the building's design, finishes and "presentation" are intended to represent the KSU's values.
The design considers the site's role within its greater context. Topographical challenges have led to a design solution that better connect portions of the existing campus through new links and pathways, including a series of modern canopies that provide cover to visitors. Its presence on this prominent site is accentuated by a rich materials palette. Masonry, including stone and brick, is complemented by metal panels and large expanses of glass. Contemporary materials and details are utilized in the traditional form - all in efforts to create a timeless addition to Kent State University's campus. The center's design and systems achieved LEED Silver Certification and demonstrates the University's commitment to sustainable design principles.
The Institutional Advancement Building plays a significant role in the campus' future, both administratively and physically, and City Architecture is honored to have played an integral role in this fast-tracked design and construction process.