Major construction projects were outlined and approved during the Board of Trustees meeting Friday.
With an approved expansion of 48,000 square feet and a partial renovation, the cost for the Intramural Building construction plans amount to $26.1 million. This comes as the first of three phases of a greater plan to modernize the building. Phase 1 is expected to be complete by May 2014, and the blueprint for this is based on the Recreation Hall fitness center.
Senior Vice President for Finance and Business David Gray said the student facility fee is the primary source for funding, while some additional revenue will also contribute to the project's financing. This plan serves to add more recreation space to the University Park campus.
Another item on the agenda that was approved pertained to final plans for the Educational Activities Building at Penn State Harrisburg to accommodate the rise in student population. The plans, which carries a $19.5 million price tag, include a partial renovation as well as a 51,500 square foot addition to the building.
The third construction matter involved final plans for renovation and construction for the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, which seeks to increase the energy efficiency of residential buildings. A 25,200 square foot building is being added to the Energy Efficient Buildings (EEB) Hub headquarters, which will feature facilities such as research laboratories and offices. The building is also being renovated, and this brings the the budget for this construction plan to $39 million.