The architecture firms vying to design Kent State University's new architecture college have been narrowed from 36 applicants to eight semi-finalists.
Douglas Steidl, dean of the university's architecture college, said he expects the eight semi-finalists — who have already been chosen — will be announced this week.
The new building, which will stand on the Esplanade, will go through a design competition process instead of the usual design-build process. That means the winning firm will be chosen based on their submitted proposals for the new college.
Steidle said of the eight semi-finalists the university will pick by November three or four firms, who will be paid a stipend to design models of the building.
The winning firm will be chosen by January, Steidl said.
The $40 million architecture building is part of $170 million in renovations planned for the Kent campus.
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