The Pennsylvania State University | Willard Building College of Communication
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The Pennsylvania State University | University Park, PA

Willard Building College of Communication

63,200 sq. ft. | $30 million | Estimated August 2021

Barton Education is providing mechanical, electrical and plumbing design services for the transformation of the 1949 Willard Building into a state-of-the art media center for the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. The Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications is the largest accredited program dedicated to preparing students for careers in the communication fields. This project will renovate the original Willard Building to relocate and construct new broadcasting studios, black box studio, green screen, classrooms, instructional spaces, audio studios, and laboratory spaces, along with support and offices as required. A main objective for this project is to create an improved entrance on the first floor of the original section of Willard Building, and to resurrect a staircase from this entrance area to reconnect the ground floor. Scope includes a complete MEP system replacement for the 1949 building. This MEP system replacement renews all core building systems, including new rooftop VAV air handling units, LED lighting and lighting controls. The project is pursuing LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and will meet the university’s requirements for High Performance Buildings.


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