by Dave O'BrienReporterKent --It's not winter, so it must be construction season in Ohio, and Kent State University is no exception.The Office of the University Architect at KSU has announced several projects taking shape for the summer months, when large-scale construction items typically are taken care of with students no longer on campus.While Oscar Ritchie Hall sees the start of a long-anticipated restoration, the Department of Pan-African Studies will temporarily re-locate to the Lincoln Building on North Lincoln Street.Buildings closed for continuing construction include Franklin Hall on South Lincoln Street, future home of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Sidewalk detours can be expected to continue. Floor plans and more information on that project are available online at jmc.kent.edu/franklin.Dix Stadium on Summit Road will see improvements to its facade, a new roof, new paint and repairs, electrical and mechanical work.Around campus, sections of Loop Road, Eastway Drive, Campus Center Drive and the drop-off circle in front of the MAC Center will be milled and repaved, while paving and sealing will be done on a total of 23 parking lots across campus.Work by the Portage County engineer's office on The Portage Hike and Bike Trail, which will cross the Kent campus, will continue this summer with the trail linking campus, the Summit East parking lot and Horning Road. A bike and walkway extension along Horning Road's west side from Carlton Drive to Summit Street will be completed by July.Clark, Fletcher, Korb, Lake and Olson residence halls will be closed through August to accommodate summer renovations. According to KSU, the Department of Residence Services' offices have relocated to Koonce Hall for the summer to aid in the renovation of restrooms, and will move back to Korb Hall Aug. 1.Regional Development and Regional Campus staff and the College of Continuing Studies also will relocate while work is performed in the Michael Schwartz Center.Elevators in Cunningham, Smith and Terrace halls and the Business Administration Building are undergoing renovations, meaning each lift will be shut down for up to four weeks, while the art building will enter phase two of roof replacement.Editor's note: O'Brien is a reporter for the Record-Courier.E-mail: dobrien@recordpub.comTelephone: 330-673-3491