Kent State Narrows Architecture Firms to 8 in Design Competition for New College

Final firm to be selected by January

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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