Kent State University broke ground in March of 2022 on a $72.3 million facility for the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Designed by Perkins& Will and The Collaborative to act as a new campus gateway, the four-story, 158,400-sf building will feature active learning classrooms, conference rooms, a business theater, a boardroom, a global forum, and a behavioral research hub. Housing specialized labs for business analytics, entrepreneurship, sales, marketing, and trading, the flexible and adaptable structure will include an interactive staircase, gathering areas, offices, and space for industry partners. Integrated learning technologies will enhance the student experience by enabling a hybrid pedagogy that supports both in-person and remote instruction.
Delivered as bid and awarded, Crawford Hall is being built by Gilbane Co. LEED NC Gold and Fitwel certifications will be sought for the sustainably designed facility, which is slated for completion in 2024. The building is part of a $1 billion master plan that will transform the university's facilities over the next ten years.