Penn State East Halls Development

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The East Halls project will be one of the largest residence hall construction projects undertaken by the university.

Clayco was selected with DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design and Mackey Mitchell Architects (MMA) as part of an exciting design-build team to dramatically transform East Halls, a large residence hall campus at The Pennsylvania State University.

At a cost of $152 million, the East Halls project is one of the largest residence hall construction projects undertaken by the university. During Phase One of the project, East Halls received significant upgrades to surrounding outdoor spaces, construction of a new 336-bed residence hall, and renovation of five existing halls, which were built in the 1960s.

Phase One took place over three successive, 14-month construction periods and was completed in the summer of 2019. Following the successful completion of Phase One, Clayco and the design-build team began to renovate the remaining nine existing buildings as part of Phase Two of the project, which will result in a total of 4,570 new and renovated beds. The project is envisioned as a comprehensive transformation of the student residential experience.

In a Penn State News article, Gail Hurley, associate vice president for Auxiliary and Business Services commented, “Students and their families have expectations of college living that are much different from what they were when our facilities were first built. Although location is still a major consideration in a student’s decision to live on or off campus, privacy, amenities and costs are other critical factors.”

“Clayco has helped to ensure a challenging project, with multiple phases and stakeholders involved, remained on schedule and on budget. We have thoroughly enjoyed this process and appreciate Clayco’s passion and commitment to our mission, vision and goals. They have exceeded our expectations and have my full recommendation.” – Conal F. Carr, Director, Housing Operations, Penn State

Penn State chose the design-build delivery method to ensure the success of this ambitious and complicated long-term project. The team will work closely with Penn State to ensure East Halls will be rebuilt as a refreshed and cohesive community.

As of the summer of 2019, there are now a total of 2,482 new and renovated beds at East Halls. With the successful completion of Phase One, Clayco and the design-build team will begin to renovate the remaining nine existing buildings as part of Phase Two of the project, which will result in a total of 4,570 new and renovated beds. The project is envisioned as a comprehensive transformation of the student residential experience.

Pennypacker Hall

67,000 | 273 Beds

Tener Hall

75,000 SF | 302 Beds

Martin Hall

119,000 SF | 425 Beds

McKean Hall

67,000 SF | 273 Beds

Brumbaugh Hall

75,000 SF | 300 Beds

Stuart Hall

67,000 | 273 Beds

Pinchot Hall

75,000 SF | 302 Bed

Earle Hall

96,000 SF | 336 Beds

Beyond These Walls

Our Clayco team on the Penn State jobsite was invited to be the inaugural guest for the Penn State Bakery Corporate Event. Our team had an absolute blast and we thank Penn State for the hospitality and holiday fun. Our team is extremely grateful.
Our Clayco Team successfully achieved full occupancy for the next three buildings of the East Halls project at Penn State. This phase of construction included the renovation existing halls, as well as the new construction of Martin Hall and some incredible student recreation facilities. In the interest of due diligence, our team even tested out one of the new courts!

Safety is Our First Priority

Our Penn State East Halls project reached a safety milestone of 400 days injury free. Through over 600,000 worker hours and multiple phases of complex renovations, the team has successfully implemented a jobsite safety plan both onsite and in the surrounding campus.

CLIENT

The Pennsylvania State University

LOCATION

State College, Pennsylvania

SIZE

Various SF

KEY FACTS

  • Architect: Mackey Mitchell Architects (Residential Design Architect), DLA+ (Architect of Record) & Lamar Johnson Collaborative (Landscape Architect)

AWARDS

Phase 1: LEED Gold

Phase 1C: LEEDv2009 Gold

Phase 2A: LEEDv2009 Gold

INTEGRATED BY DESIGN