The Pennsylvania State University | East Halls and New Residence Halls
Higher Education Student Housing

The Pennsylvania State University | University Park, PA

East Halls Renovations and New Residence Halls

Approx. 70,000-95,000 sq. ft. | Estimated $500 million | Estimated August 2022

Barton Education is providing mechanical, electrical, architectural lighting and plumbing design services for the East Halls renovations and new Residence Halls, the largest residence hall construction projects undertaken by the University to date. During the project, East Halls will receive significant upgrades to surrounding outdoor spaces, construction of two, new residence halls, and renovation of fourteen 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. Each residence hall ranges between 70,000 and 95,000 square feet. The project is being completed in six phases.

Phase 1B of Penn State’s East Halls project received LEED Gold certification for Martin, McKean and Pennypacker Halls and Phase 1A received LEED Silver certification for Earle and Stuart Halls. All remaining phases are pursuing LEED Gold certification.

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