Ivy Leaf - Fall 2004

Science Building Renovations


Penn State Altoona recently completed a $1.2 million renovation to its science complex. The renovations were undertaken to provide space and resources for the College's new biology degree program and to meet its needs for laboratory and research space for chemistry, physics, and earth sciences programs for the next ten years.

The renovation plans, which have been in progress since 2001, included the recent construction of a stock room building, which primarily will be used for storage purposes. By moving supplies from their current home in the J. E. Holtzinger building to the stockroom, valuable laboratory and research space became available for the College's biology program. Additionally, a new earth sciences lab supporting geography, earth sciences, environmental studies, and elementary education was created.

The new design is optimal for faculty research and also provides space for students to participate in research projects. States Nicholas Miskovsky, professor of physics and head of the division of mathematics and natural sciences, "Undergraduate research is a great experience for our students and now we have the facilities to make that opportunity happen for them."