Kent State University Design Innovation Hub
The 68,000 square-foot Design Innovation Hub (DI Hub) at Kent State University is an adaptive reuse of the John Andrews-designed, 1970s-era former art building at the center of campus. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson worked with local firm Domokur Architects to design the hub, which will operate as an open-access collaborative maker and innovation accelerator environment open to and serving the entire campus.
To achieve Kent State’s goals of activating a campus-wide community of invention and facilitating cross-disciplinary communication and problem-solving, the renovated building will feature spaces to serve every step of the creative process. This includes hatchery spaces (for research), think tank areas (for ideation), prototyping labs (for testing), and makerspaces. Unique to the collegiate makerspace typology, the DI Hub also houses a significant dining component, an active campus thoroughfare that puts design thinking and implementation on display.