PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



[Photos] HUB Construction Moves Along on Schedule

The HUB Expansion and Renovation project has been underway for more than six months now. The $44.6 million project has construction crews working full time to add 54,800 square feet and renovate 52,000 square feet to the HUB-Robeson Center by May 2015.

Here’s a quick rundown of the new additions:

  • The area near the HUB parking deck will be enclosed in a “green room” atrium type structure (see below) with a new commons area.
  • The HUB bookstore and food court will be completely remodeled.
  • The LION 90.7 FM station will be moved (TBD what will take over that space).
  • PNC bank and the ID+ Office will be moved downstairs (near where the bookstore is now)
  • A THON store will be created.
  • Walkways will be improved on the Eastside of the building.
  • The vacated PNC and ID+ location will be taken over by an office for the new Center for Character, Conscience and Social Responsibility.
  • Three large meeting rooms will be added upstairs.
  • A new multipurpose flex theatre will be added on the first floor.
  • The entrance near where the HUB bookstore is now will be remodeled.

I took a tour of the construction site during winter break, and although it doesn’t look like much yet, parts of the HUB, including the new bookstore space, are still on schedule to open for the 2014 Fall semester.

Here are a few shots what will soon become the Penn State Bookstore. The new store, operated by Barnes & Noble, is expected to increase from 28,000 to 35,000 square feet. The current bookstore is housed in 28 conjoined trailers on the HUB lawn.

DSC00048 DSC00047 DSC00043 DSC00041 DSC00049

The most impressive part of the site is undoubtedly the 265 feet long crane right in the middle of everything. The length extends all the way to the far edge of the courtyard, 135 feet up.

DSC00032 DSC00040

Sections of the East part of the HUB are also going under renovation to open up more seating areas and to make it compatible with the new atrium entrance.

DSC00027 DSC00026 DSC00024

You can’t tell yet, but the new entrance and patio are going to look great, with open seating and natural lighting.

DSC00037 DSC00036 DSC00029 DSC00031

Here are Penn State’s renderings for what this will all look like in the end.

198952_514354521963729_1708895976_n 603685_514354485297066_1157606187_n 923123_514354481963733_482837579_n 947302_514354478630400_723521602_n

As you can see, there’s a long way to go until May 2015. You can follow the progress on the HUB Expansion Twitter and Facebook.

About the Author

Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


More by Kevin

Hometown Brewery Releases Beer Honoring Evan Pugh

Penn State’s first president Evan Pugh was born in 1828 at Jordan Bank Farm, three miles south of the city center of Oxford, Pennsylvania, an hour west of Philadelphia in Chester County. One-hundred eighty-nine years later, an Oxford brewery is honoring one of the preeminent champions of “liberal and practical” higher education in the form of a delicious Porter.

Penn State Basketball Downs Colgate 72-59 In Front of Thanksgiving Eve Crowd

Why Honoring Paterno Still Matters


Tony Carr Experienced ‘Greatest Feeling Of His Life’ At NBA Draft

“Just to be able to hear my name called at the NBA Draft, it’s just a dream come true.” Penn State men’s basketball guard has reached the pinnacle of the sport — entering the NBA pro ranks after getting drafted Thursday night in Brooklyn by the New Orleans Pelicans. Carr, who had to wait around […]

Pelicans GM Excited To Bring In ‘Crafty’ Tony Carr

[VIDEO] New Orleans Pelicans Select Tony Carr In 2018 NBA Draft

Tony Carr First Nittany Lion Selected In NBA Draft Since 1999

Bundling Student Tickets And Offering Options: What Penn State Can Learn

Student Life

Student Farm To Commemorate Summer Solstice With Second Annual Celebration

Penn State’s Student Farm will celebrate the longest day of the year with tours and live music Thursday evening.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting At Beaver Stadium

Virtual Reality: Changing The Game At Penn State

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Tony Carr First Nittany Lion Selected In NBA Draft Since 1999

He averaged 19.6 points and five assists per game in the 2017-18 slate — leading Penn State to an NIT title in its first postseason berth since a CBI appearance in 2014.

McLanahan’s Self-Serve Beer Taps Open For Business

Carry-out beer will be available in the coming weeks in coolers along the south side of the store.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Don’t Like Penn State Student Ticket Policies? Change Them.

That potential lies as much in the hands of active, informed, and opinionated students as it does in those of the profit-driven athletic departments.

Send this to a friend