Breaking Ground - Spring 2004 Ivy Leaf Magazine

Ivy Leaf - Spring 2004

Breaking Ground

Penn State Altoona broke ground for its new multipurpose classroom building on December 16 with a brief ceremony and remarks by Pennsylvania State Senator Robert Jubelirer, Penn State President Graham Spanier, and Penn State Altoona CEO and Dean Dr. William Cale.

With an expected occupancy date of fall 2005, the new two-story classroom building will house 56 faculty offices and 24 classrooms, including a music rehearsal room and three computer classrooms. Classrooms will range from theater-style rooms with fixed seating to small seminar-style rooms with moveable seating. All classrooms will be technology-enabled with video projectors and wiring for computer presentations. A small café will be located on the first floor of the building.

The building will consist of 58,800 square feet. Of that total square footage, 10,000 square feet will be dedicated to a computer lab with offices and supporting classrooms. The College's current computer labs and computer staff offices that are located in the Computer Learning and Resource Center will be relocated to the new classroom building.

"Since becoming a four-year college in 1997, Penn State Altoona's growth and success have been remarkable," notes Cale. "As we continue to add additional degree programs and enhance the quality of education available to our students, this new building is just one more example of the positive developments that are happening at the College."

In addition to the relocation of the computer labs, faculty offices located on the first floor of the Robert E. Eiche Library will move to the new building. This relocation will allow for the creation of additional study areas, instructional space and space for enhanced library facilities. The library will undergo significant renovations, with nearly 17,000 square feet being converted back into dedicated library space. The entire building project is expected to cost close to $10 million.