Approx. 70,000-95,000 sq. ft. | Estimated $350 million | Estimated May 2019
Barton Education is providing mechanical, electrical, architectural lighting and plumbing design services for the East Halls renovations and new Residence Halls at Penn State University, the largest residence hall construction projects undertaken by the University to date. During Phase One of the project, East Halls will receive significant upgrades to surrounding outdoor spaces, construction of two, new residence halls, and renovation of six existing halls, which were built in the 1960s. Each floor in the new residence hall and renovated buildings will include study/lounge space and “wet cores” which consist of individual bathrooms with a shower, lavatory, and toilet along with adjacent alcoves with sinks and lockers. The ground floor of each building will include a lounge with a kitchen, multiple study spaces, a laundry room, and a residence life apartment. Each building renovation is a complete renewal of the facility, all mechanical, electrical, lighting and plumbing systems will be replaced and air conditioning will be added to each facility. Other improvements include the introduction of efficient LED lighting and automatic lighting controls, replacement of the thermal envelope of the facility, central plant utility upgrades for chilled water, heating hot water and domestic hot water, as well as, the replacement of the electrical unit substation and distribution system that serves the East Halls complex. Phase One will take place over three successive, 14-month construction periods and will be completed in the summer of 2019. Each residence hall ranges between 70,000 and 95,000 square feet.
The new Earle Hall and the renovated Stuart Hall earned LEED Silver certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council. Sustainable design included the use of energy efficient envelope systems, lighting system and mechanical and plumbing systems provide a comfortable and eco-friendly environment for residents.