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Kent State demolishes Terrace Hall to make way for Crawford Hall

Kent State began demolishing Terrace Hall on the front campus to make way for the university’s new college of commerce.

Located near White Hall, just off East Main Street, Terrace Hall is being razed as part of the university’s Gateway Master Plan, a campus-wide facility improvement plan that could take up to 10 years from its inception in 2018 and $1.2 billion.

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Kent State University's Terrace Hall is being demolished to make way for the university's new college of commerce.

Groundbreaking for the $71 million Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship and Crawford Hall is set to take place this spring. It will be built on the footprint of Terrace Hall and will be located just east of White Hall at the north end of campus.

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The building will be named after Edward Crawford, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland from 2019-21. Although the university did not disclose the amount of Crawford’s donation, the university said in October that he s It was the largest gift in the university’s history, which means it is expected to be larger than the $10 million gift recently bequeathed to the College of Podiatric Medicine.

The rubble from the Terrace Hall razing at Kent State University can be seen.  The project is part of the university's ten-year master plan.

Last year, Jay Graham, the university’s executive director of facilities, planning and design and architect, said Terrace Drive would meander past Crawford Hall, the new commercial building, and intersect Midway Drive. Crawford Hall is expected to be ready to host the business school in the fall of 2024.

In addition to rerouting Terrace Drive, the university plans to eliminate the parking lot in front of White Hall, which passers-by on East Main Street see every day. The parking lot currently marks the end of the sparsely treed lawns that run down from the older buildings of the university. With the elimination of the parking lot, this lawn will be extended further east.