Pennsylvania State University Plans Center for Innovation, Making and Learning

Published 1-25-2020
  • Pennsylvania State University - Center for Innovation, Making and Learning
  • Pennsylvania State University - Center for Innovation, Making and Learning

    Courtesy of Pennsylvania State University.

Pennsylvania State University is planning to build the $56.8 million Center for Innovation, Making and Learning in State College. The project will include the demolition of the existing James Building and construction of an 85,000-sf facility accommodating maker spaces, workshops, a virtual reality and immersive technology lab, lecture venues, and co-working and collaboration areas. A dynamic exterior of glass and metal will enliven the six-story facility, which will include a multipurpose event space, meeting areas, and departmental offices for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the College of Information Sciences and Technology. The Invent Penn State initiative and the Happy Valley LaunchBox will also be located in the building, which will include 31 below-grade parking spaces. A minimum of LEED Silver sustainable design certification will be sought for the project, which is slated for completion in spring of 2021.