Former Residence Hall gains new life through adaptive re-use; becomes home for University Architect.
About the Project
Kent, Ohio After serving 40 years as a Residence Hall, Harbourt Hall was completely transformed. Kent State University teamed with The Collaborative Inc to renovate the 34,000 SF structure into office suites. The program includes space for the Office of the University Architect; the Office of Facilities, Planning and Operations; and other administrative units. A key goal for the project was to develop intuitive circulation paths both inside and outside the building. A new entry and elevator addition re-orient the building, and provide ADA-accessibility to the multiple levels.
The Collaborative is now working on a second building, Heer Hall, another 34,000 SF Residence Hall being transformed into administrative offices.
LEED Gold Certified
The renovations follow the US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) rating system for energy efficient design and construction. Re-using the existing building shell gave the project a boost in LEED points.
Kent State University and The Collaborative teamed to fast track this project. The project took 12 months, from design start to construction completion.