East Halls Renovations and New Residence Halls at Penn State

East Halls at Penn State to be Modernized in Six Phases

Barton Education is providing MEP engineering and lighting design services for the East Halls renovations and new residence halls, the largest residence hall construction projects undertaken by Penn State 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.

Phases 1B, IC and 2A of Penn State’s East Halls project received LEED Gold certification and Phase 1A received LEED Silver certification. All remaining phases are pursuing LEED Gold certification.

Project Overview

total Sq Ft

95,000 sq. ft.

Total Cost

$500 million


August 2022

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