Willard Building at Penn State

Willard Building at Penn State Renovated for Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

Barton Education provided MEP and architectural lighting design services for the transformation of the Willard Building at Penn State University into a state-of-the art media center for the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications — the largest accredited program dedicated to preparing students for careers in the communication fields.

This project renovated 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 was 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.

The project included 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 (USGBC) and will meet the university’s requirements for High Performance Buildings.

Barton’s Lighting Studio is honored to have received the 2022 National IES Award of Merit and a Section Award for the Lighting Controls on this project from the Illuminating Engineering Society’s (IES) Philadelphia Section.

Project Overview

total Sq Ft

63,200 sq. ft.

Total Cost

$30 million


August 2021

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