UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Since construction began this past May, the renovations and new construction at the South Halls residential area have seen significant progress.
Recently, students had a chance to leave their mark. Those walking through Redifer Commons could sign their names on the last two beams that will be installed in the steel structure of the new residence hall.
The new building is being constructed on the corner of Shortlidge and McKean Roads on the University Park campus and will house 211 beds. The new residence hall building is set for completion in time for the fall 2013 semester. A live stream of the construction site is available online to follow progress on the building.
In conjunction with the new building, renovations also started at Haller and Lyons Halls that include new roofing, walls and windows along with extensive interior upgrades. Renovations will continue sequentially with the other existing buildings, with the last phase set for completion in December 2014. The renovated residence halls will collectively house 1,017 beds, a net loss of 74 dictated by the extensive modifications. Redifer Commons also will see improvements.
The current construction project is the largest housing project since Eastview Terrace was built in 2004. Both the new and renovated buildings will include private bathrooms on every floor, air conditioning and wireless internet. The renovated buildings will create 32 living-learning communities, each with a suite for cooking, dining and living, which will allow for all of the sororities on campus to reside in one complex.