The winning design proposal for Kent State University's new College of Architecture and Environmental Design building will be announced later this month.
But Kent Patch readers have already chosen their favorite.
During the course of several weeks more than 500 readers cast votes in our poll for the four design proposals. In the end, Patch readers preferred the design submitted by the partnership of Architecture Research Office and Bialosky + Partners.
Here's how the votes broke down:
- 177 - Architecture Research Office Lead Designer with Bialosky + Partners as architect of record
- 152 - Miller Hull Partnership Lead Designer with The Collaborative Inc., as architect of record
- 149 - WEISS/MANFREDI Lead Designer + Richard L. Bowen & Associates Architect of Record
- 94 - Westlake Reed Leskosky
The Patch poll has no direct bearing on which design will be chosen and constructed.
A five-person jury will determine the winning firm, which will be announced in February. The jury is comprised of: Vivian Loftness, professor at Carnegie Mellon University; Brad Lynch, Brinistool+Lynch Architecture Design; Joan M. Soranno, vice president FAIA; Douglas Steidl, dean of Kent State's architecture school; and Michael Bruder, director of design and construction in Kent State's architecture office.
The 122,000 square foot building will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified, which means the building will be highly energy efficient per the internationally recognized green-building standards.
Models of the proposals with further renderings will be on display in the Kent State Library for public viewing. University officials are asking the public to offer feedback on the four proposals via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The $40 million architecture building is part of $170 million in renovations planned for the Kent campus.