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Penn State Construction Update

Contrary to popular belief, the Penn State construction workers don’t just go around tearing down buildings and digging wells for fun. They do, in fact, have a job to finish. And judging by the new HUB and IM building renovations, it’s a job they do extremely well. So even if it’s a complete pain having to cross the street just to use a sidewalk or having power tools interrupt your class discussions, just remember the detours will be well worth the hassle.

Right now, Penn State OPP names nine “Active Major Construction Projects,” most of which are nearing completion or are done. Even with some projects complete, there are multiple smaller ones happening all around. So many, in fact, that Penn State has an actual interactive map to help you keep them all straight. These projects are all a part of the $2.7 billion capital plan extending from 2014-2018.

Here’s a list of the major and interesting construction projects (and blue fences) we will be facing this semester:

Completed Over The Summer:

  • The HUB lawn
  • The Health and Human Development Building

Sidewalk Construction:

The sidewalks of Walker and West Halls will be completed by the end of September while the Upper Henderson Mall has two phases of construction, the first of which will be completed by the end of November.

Fence Replacements/Installations:

The field hockey and outdoor track fence replacement will finish by the end of September. The IM field/football parking lot fence will also be completed around the same time.

Burrowes Building Renovation: 

As of May 2014, it was said that the Burrowes Building Renovation would be completed by the end of this year. Upgrades will include better circulation, improved floor plan efficiency, improved aesthetics, the addition of air conditioning, infrastructure upgrades, and the installation of a sprinkler system (they didn’t have one before??). The $37,800,000 project is spearheaded by Chad Spackman.

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Artist rendering of the completed building from OPP.

Steidle Building Renewal:

The Steidle Building, which sits opposite West Halls, renewal is set to be completed in February 2016. The building will include 25,750 square feet of state-of-the-art labs and a south entrance. The project costs $52,000,000.

Artist rendering of the completed building from OPP.

 Mueller Building Renovations:

The Mueller Building is set to finish by the end of August. The renovations include six modern biology labs, new anatomy and physiology research labs, installation of fire sprinklers, and the replacement of the antiqued mechanical and electrical systems. The project has an estimated cost of $18,000, 000.

Artist rendering of the completed building from OPP.

HUB Fish Tank Renovation:

In what may be the most important renovation of them all, there is shockingly no expected completion date to be found. All that’s left is a sign ominously stating, “the fishes will be back soon.”


 Hopefully the fish (not fishes, OPP) are in a safe place and we’ll see them again sooner than later!

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Brandilyn Heckman

is a junior majoring in Secondary Education (English). Though she commutes to class from her home in Penns Valley, she refuses to be called a 'townie.' Along with Onward State, she currently interns with the Centre Daily Times. In her spare time, she is unafraid to show her love for Penn State, Landon Donovan, and Captain America. You can follow her on twitter at @Brandilynh or contact her via email with [email protected]


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