Kent State University Design Innovation Hub (DI HUB)
The 65,000 square-foot Design Innovation Hub at Kent State University is an adaptive reuse of the John Andrews-designed, 1970s-era former art building at the center of the Kent Campus. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is working 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 innovation/creation process. This includes hatchery spaces (for research), think tank areas (for ideation), prototyping labs (for testing), and makerspaces (for making). Unique to the collegiate makerspace typology, the d.i.Hub will also be home to a significant dining component, an active campus thoroughfare that will put design thinking and implementation on display.