The Aeronautics and Technology building is the new facility for the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology. The building is approximately 55,200 gross square feet and includes air traffic control training rooms in a lower level, classrooms and shop areas on the first floor, and faculty offices and classrooms on the second floor. The building was completed in December 2014.
The impact of giving was felt deeply at Kent State University on Friday, April 24, as the university hosted the grand opening for the new Aeronautics and Technology Building, made possible by generous donors.
The event celebrated the opening of the 55,000-square-foot building and the move of the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology from Van Deusen Hall to the Science Corridor. Construction on the building began in summer 2013.
During the ceremony, Kent State President Beverly Warren; Robert Sines, interim dean of the college; and Dennis Eckart, Kent State University Board of Trustees chair, welcomed guests to the college’s new home. Students led tours of the space and demonstrated the capabilities of specific labs, while attendees also experienced the new Air Traffic Control Lab, Sustainability Lab, Aeronautics Teaching Lab and the Materials and Processes Lab.
Sines says the move was necessary for the college.
“I think the students are getting a much better educational experience in the new building because of the new facilities, new equipment and new surroundings,” Sines said.
The building is a part of Kent State’s Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future initiative. Through the FoE initiative, Kent State is constructing new buildings, completing facility upgrades and establishing dynamic, new spaces.
The Aeronautics and Technology Building was made possible through the FoE initiative and the combined support of many generous donations, including those from several leading companies: Rockwell Automation, Ajax TOCCO, Lubrizol and Tinker Omega. Through these gifts, donors are helping Kent State create more than just brick and mortar facilities; they are helping the university transform its campuses into state-of-the-art academic environments to meet the needs and expectations of the 21st-century student, and beyond.
For more information about the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, visit www.kent.edu/caest.
For more information about Kent State’s Foundations of Excellence initiative, visit www.foe.kent.edu.
Center for the Visual Arts- Future Home for the School of Art
The new Center for the Visual Arts will combine two existing buildings (Van Deusen Hall and the Art Annex/Power House). Through repurposed and new construction, we will unify the college’s studio, classroom and gallery spaces, currently located in various buildings across campus, under one roof. The facility includes approximately 115,000 square-feet of space that will provide access to the range of media, resources and expertise that have distinguished the school for tradition, innovation and technologies. Construction has begun and is expected to be completed in late summer 2015.