The University of Akron, Recent expansion

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The University of Akron is a public research university located in Akron, Ohio, United States. The university is part of the University System of Ohio and is regarded as a world leader in polymer research. As a STEM-focused institution, it focuses on industries such as polymers, advanced materials, and engineering. In the last decade it has sought to increase its research portfolio and gain recognition for its productivity in technology transfer and commercialization.


Under the direction of its 15th president, Dr. Luis M. Proenza, The University of Akron underwent a $627 million construction project. Called "A New Landscape for Learning", the project has resulted in 22 new buildings, 18 major additions, acquisitions and renovations, and 34 acres of new green space added to the main campus. The project included a new College of Arts & Sciences Building, Honors Residence Hall and classroom complex, a new Student Recreation and Wellness Center, and a new Student Union. Multiple new parking decks were constructed to address high demand for parking and several public streets were closed to consolidate the campus.

The University opened on a satellite campus in neighboring Medina County and is shopping around ideas for workforce centers in the suburbs.

A new football stadium, InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field, was constructed on campus. The new stadium opened for its first game on September 12th, 2009, receiving a sellout crowd. The stadium replaced the Rubber Bowl, which was located 3 miles from campus and had been built in 1940.

The University purchased the Quaker Square Crowne Plaza Hotel and shopping complex and uses it as a residence hall space. The University did a land-swap with the city of Akron so that the city may find a new hotel for the Central Business District.

The University of Akron campus is made up of 82 buildings on near downtown Akron with a total property value of $1.84 billion.Quick Facts: "Brief History of the University"Copyright: Attribute—Share Alike

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