Clarion University has finished the $16.6 million renovation project to Becht Hall in which the 1908 historic building was converted into an innovative hub of student business and activity. The building houses all departments in which students normally transact business – in one central location.
The Gilbane Building Co. kept much of the 50,000-square-foot former residence hall's old charm, while bringing it into the current century. An entirely new interior structure was built within the historic exterior walls. This was executed by reusing many of the building's materials and reducing waste. However, all of the wood bases, chair rails, crown molding and door casings are new, but match the existing building. The project was completed in 21 months and employed 55 workers during its peak. Some interesting facts about the project include:
- 75 percent of the window trim inside and outside was reused
- 60 percent of the existing clay roof tiles were salvaged and reinstalled
- Six columns from the original building were reinstalled
- 6,450 bricks were salvaged from the old east end and were reinstalled on the new east elevation
- 100 percent of the roof trusses were reused and are supported by a new steel structure
- 90 percent of the waste was diverted from a landfill
This project was funded by Pennsylvania's Department of General Services.
THE REC CENTER POOL
This exciting addition to the Rec Center will provide nearly 11,000 sq. ft. of recreational pool use. The facility will allow for swimming activities but also will provide a place for large gatherings such as dances, movies, and intramurals. The pool will have lap lanes, volleyball, a climbing wall, bubble bed, and a 38 person spa. The room will have a sound and light system for events. The $4.2M project is being paid for by the Clarion Student Association and is expected to open the fall of 2017.
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New residential Suites are taking shape on each side of East Main Street on the Clarion campus. The two, four-story buildings will replace the 43 year-old Wilkinson and Nair residence halls. They will provide housing for 728 students in 373 suites. The suites will be a mix of single and double bedroom units. The facades have been designed to complement those downtown and retail outlets in the lower floors will include a classroom/theater, Starbucks, the University Store, and a restaurant. The $61M project is entirely funded by housing fees of the students who will live in the suites. The 216,000 sq. ft. project is being developed, financed, and constructed by the Clarion University Foundation, Inc. The first building will open in August, 2015 with the second opening in December, 2015.
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The Renovation and Expansion of the 45 year-old Tippin Gymnasium is in the final design phase. The project includes creating a new University arena as a bowl concept, a new natatorium for competition swimming events; a multi-purpose auxiliary gym; a wrestling room; a two-story, glass-enclosed strength and conditioning facility; a dance and yoga studio; and state-of-the-art classrooms and athletic training center.
Over 112,000 sq. ft. are being renovated and nearly 50,000 sq. ft. are being added. The entire exterior will receive a new facade that incorporates a significant amount of glass. The project totals nearly $45M and is hoped to begin in spring, 2016 and be completed in phase, ending the summer of 2018. The projected is being funded, designed, and constructed by the Department of General Services of the Commonwealth.