Aeronautics & Engineering Building Addition

  • Size: 44,000 SF

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Independence Construction
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Kent State University
DS Architecture

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To accommodate the engineering program's dramatic growth in student enrollment, this project consists of an expansion to the existing AEB Building to provide additional research and instructional lab space, classrooms, faculty and administration office space, as well as a nearly 3,000 SF auditorium and adjacent atrium/pre-event space.

The Timken Foundation of Canton Atrium will tower more than two stories and serve as a community collaboration space for students, as well as a venue for the college’s events and gatherings. This space will also be utilized for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Operations program by providing a space to conduct research and fly indoors year-round. The adjacent auditorium will provide a high-tech space to support larger classes, student competitions, K-12 outreach events, and community-oriented events.

The building addition will also house Maker Alley, a dynamic area that will include a set of three teaching labs – the Pattern and Fabrication Laboratory, the Maker Space, and the Design and Innovation Laboratory.

Also featured in the new facility will be the new cyber.domain that comprises a Cyber Range Laboratory and esports arena as well as a Networking and Server Laboratory. A new Simulation and Cybersecurity Laboratory will support the Cybersecurity Engineering program and research.


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