Sol Harris Day Architecture

Stark State College wanted to expand their reach to include a new satellite campus in downtown Canton, Ohio. There were six potential sites to evaluate. The study looked at each site to determine size, cost, current conditions, potential risks/problems, exterior and interior needs, initial layout concept options, parking, and access to public transportation. Construction budgets were developed for each as well as a building feasibility study.


  • Master Planning
  • Facility Assessments
  • Site Selection
  • Estimating/Scheduling
  • Sustainable Design
  • Visualizations and Graphics
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • FF&E

It’s a one-stop shop. We can help with just about everything here. It keeps [students] from having to go to the main campus because for a lot of our students that can be daunting.

Cindy Putman, Satellite Coordinator, Stark State College

Site Selection

The selected site featured an existing 60,000 sf building with growth potential for the college campus and adjacent available property for their growing Oil and Gas Training Center. Parking, transportation, safety and visibility were also a high priority. This location provided solutions for all these issues. This new college campus is visible from Route 30, providing quick access to two major highways. Public transportation is readily available with busing and SARTA located across the street and parking is not an issue since the City is willing to lease additional spots as needed.

Building Organization

Although the building is 60,000 sf, the educational space needs showed that only 40,000 sf was needed for the current college programs. This extra space will allow for future program growth and an opportunity for Stark State to lease it out in the meantime, bringing in an additional income for the College. The building was previously used as open office space making it easy to re-imagine into what it is today.

We’re thrilled to be able to provide this for our community. This is a tremendous opportunity for students of all ages.

Para Jones, President, Stark State College

Interior Concept

The focus for re-imagining the interior was to create student centered learning areas throughout which could be used for independent study, collaboration and small group interaction. These learning spaces included writable glass surfaces, varying types of seating and work surfaces as well as computer stations. A kitchenette with vending, provides access to food for students to have the opportunity to stay on campus. Along with basic instructional classrooms, there is a science lab and offices for administrative staff that are easily accessible for creating a One Stop Shop.


  • The new academic building for the satellite college campus includes classrooms, collaboration spaces and offices for training in the oil and gas industry and several other programs
  • Developed a complete interior renovation and repurposing of an existing downtown building
  • Designed learning spaces to be open and focused on collaboration amongst students and faculty

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