Sol Harris Day Architecture

Stark State College’s mission is to “provide a current, relevant and quality-driven technical education to those seeking to pursue or expand careers in business-related fields.” With this in mind, SSC found it necessary to expand their educational offerings. This brought about the concept for a new Business and Entrepreneurial Studies Division that offers associate degrees and one-year certificate programs that meet the demands of today’s rapidly changing workplace. All this needed a new home, the Business and Entrepreneurial Center.

LEED Certification


  • Master Planning
  • Facility Assessments
  • Space Utilization
  • Estimating/Scheduling
  • Sustainable Design
  • Visualizations and Graphics
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design

The design was about finishing the corner of campus with a building that pushed the limits of the campus design aesthetic while featuring an atrium space for the community and entrepreneurs.

Burt Marzley, Project Architect

Sustainable Features

SSC promotes environmentally-sound development and management practices campus-wide, and incorporates sustainability across the curriculum. The project team focused on incorporating design concepts that would demonstrate these goals to the people within by using the college building itself as a teaching tool. Designed to meet LEED Silver certification, this facility was only one point away from achieving LEED Gold.

Sustainable strategies include:

  • Created bioswale to capture storm water and slowly release it into the storm system
  • Preferred parking spaces for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles
  • LED, energy-efficient lighting
  • Bicycle racks to encourage an alternative form of transportation
  • Sun-shading louvers and fritted glass reduce the solar heat gain on the south and western facades
  • Informational signage throughout, highlight the conservation strategies
  • Salvaged and recycled existing building demolition and construction waste
  • Reduced water consumption by 40% - waterless urinals, dual flush toilets and low flow faucets
  • Reduced energy consumption by 26.5% - high-efficiency boiler plant, heat recovery wheel, variable speed drives, occupancy sensors, solar hot water and high efficiency lighting
  • Incorporated products containing high levels of recycled content, regional materials and low-emitting materials

Building Organization

The three story educational building houses faculty offices on the third floor with classroom and lecture spaces on the first and second floors. A large atrium and lecture area was featured on the corner to anchor the campus with a flexible space that can be used by the college or the community. Multi-level student collaboration spaces connect back into the campus creating spaces for students to work together.

Site Orientation

While the site and location made sense for the college program, it challenged the design team to creativity think of solutions to control the sun from the southern and western exposures. As a result, SHD designed a custom sun shade, fritting, a solar hot water system and angled windows to reduce the amount of solar heat gain.


  • Large Atrium space for the college and community; designed adjacent to the lecture hall to support larger events in excess of 300 people
  • "Business Incubator” offices, plus support spaces for local entrepreneurs
  • 24-seat adjunct faculty office and 51 full-time faculty offices
  • Program: lecture hall, atrium, marketing and financial labs, captioning and computer labs, classrooms, testing and resource centers, Incubator offices, meeting rooms, and faculty offices
  • Educational building is designed to provide a new “presence” for the Stark State College community
  • Reorganized and renovated existing business administration offices

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