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"Peter MacEwan and I were at Metro for a meeting yesterday and took the opportunity to walk through this space firsthand for the first time (we have been hearing many good things from various Tri-C personnel since it opened). In short, those rave reviews are not at all overstated - this small project is very well done and has positive impacts on the MSS building and our Metro Campus that far exceed the somewhat limited square footage of the area. The entire Payto Architects team is to be heartily congratulated."

Thomas P. Stecky

Former Executive Director - Capital & Construction

Cuyahoga Community College

P: 216.987.3477

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"Jeff in particular was hands-on during all phases of design development and architectural implementation. Working closely with our Bookstore staff, jeff was instrumental in helping our group identify past, present and future elements of the Bookstore operation that were incorporated into a final product that we are very pleased with. This project was one of several other Bookstore projects recently featured in College Store Magazines 9th Annual Store Design Showcase.

The Payto model of collaboration and teamwork, as well as their customer-first approach, combined for a succesful project that has enhanced the student, faculty and staff experiences at the KSUA Bookstore."

Dave Schultz

Director of Business Affairs and Operations

Kent State University Ashtabula

P: 440.964.4236


"Payto Architects have proven themselves to be trustworthy stewards of the University's interests. For the Regional Academic Center the Payto Architects team was instrumental in bridging  protocol between  the practices of the public sector and private sector development in the unique public-private partnership that funded the project. Time and again the firm of Payto Architects and its project team went far beyond our preconceived notions about what an architectural firm does."

Dr. Howard Mohan

Former Dean and Chief Administration Officer

Kent State University

P: 440.834.8845


"The new center puts our students first, builds our global competitiveness in recruiting talented studetns and faculty, and adds to our distinctiveness on a national level. This facility will bring new energy to our programs in the cisual art. Students will discover opportunities for collaboration and learn new techniques from interacting with so many other talented artists in a building designed so that art - and the creation of art - is seen and not hidden."

Dr. John R. Crawford-Spinelli

Dean - College of Arts

Kent State University

P: 330.672.2760


"The firm of Payto Architects has had the phenomenal ability to work with our ideas and produce a design that is both functional and cost effective for us. Over the years the firm has responded positively to all of our suggestions in a timely manner and has always produced new or additional drawings when requested. One of the greatest aspects is that each of the three projects at the Salem Community Center was completed on time and on budget. Throughout the years, we have created a personal relationship and friendship with Jerry Payto and Jeff Foster, and not the normal and usual business relationship one would expect."

John Tonti


Salem Community Foundation

P: 330.332.4021


"Their Firm is able to achieve high quality design while still maintaining the established budget. In addition to excellent design work, the firm also provides technical expertise of building systems, understands the challenges of renovations in existing buildings, and administers the construction process and contractors with skill."

Thomas J. Euclide, P.E.

Former Associate Vice President

Facilities Planning & Operations -

Kent State University

P: 330.672.3880

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