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There’s A Lot of Summer Construction at Penn State

If you thought the construction during the fall and spring semesters was bad, wait until you see Penn State’s campus now.

It makes sense, as the press release notes (“The Office of Physical Plant and Columbia Gas plan to maximize the summer drop in Penn State’s student population to move forward with many important projects”), but it’s tough for the students sticking around. In addition to all the other construction, campus becomes a real obstacle course this time of the year. Here’s the rundown:

Columbia Gas Line Project

Installation of a new gas line for the West Campus Steam Plant to convert it from coal to natural gas burning will close Curtin Road from the Forum to Burrowes Road from May 12 until Aug. 1. The ADA parking lots just east of the library and the Yellow L lot of the Weaver Building will also be shut off, redirecting ADA parkers to lot Brown E (in between Pattee and West Halls) and Yellow L parkers to the parking decks.

A $9.6 million increase in the project was approved last summer, but installation of the pipeline was not without controversy.

East Campus Steamline

And there’s more pipe-related construction! This one will close McKean Road from East Area Lockers to Bigler Road from May 12 until Oct. 30.

Burrowes Building 

Construction on the Allen Street Mall’s Burrowes Building will close a section of Pollock Road near the Schwab Auditorium to all but restricted vehicles from May 12 though Aug. 15. The Burrowes Building is in the midst of a full renovation.

Beaver Stadium Scoreboard

The new scoreboards’ installation means Curtin Road will be closed from May 12 to June 30. The project will be fully finished by the time football season rolls around.

Bryce Jordan Center Renovations

Renovations of the BJC’s floor, roof and concourse will continue until July 20 and close it until Aug. 16. This means State College Area High School’s graduation will be held in the Pegula Ice Arena and 4th Fest will be held outside of the BJC with limited access to the building.

HUB/HUB Deck Renovations

The completed HUB will be awesome, but the construction of it will continue to be a burden this summer. The area near the old bookstore will remain closed, and the plaza level of the HUB Parking Deck will be closed from May 12 to July 1. Furthermore, only YC permits will be able to park in the HUB Deck on weekdays and hourly visitor parking will be relocated to the East Parking Deck.

Old Main Parking Lot

A rebuilding of Old Main’s parking lot will close it from May 12 through Aug. 1. ROO permit holders assigned to Old Main, ADA parking, and spaces reserved for Media Tech will be relocated to lot Brown A behind the Willard Building.

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Tim Gilbert

Former Managing Editor of this site, now just makes lots of #content for it from the Phyrst’s Table 69. Senior from Philadelphia. First-generation Penn Stater. I might go to law school after this, but I might not, too. “For the Glory” is in my email signature because I’m a douche. [email protected] is my email if you want to tell me why I suck. Alternatively, you can call me out on Twitter @OlGilb.


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