Groundbreaking ceremony celebrates start of Moore Building expansion

University Park, Pa. -- In a ceremony held on Friday, June 4, ground was officially broken on the $26 million, 57,000-square-foot addition to the Moore Building on Penn State’s University Park campus. The LEED-certified addition, which will provide much-needed space for the Department of Psychology, will be located on Fisher Road east of the Nittany Lion Inn parking deck. It is scheduled for completion in January of 2012.

The new section of the building will provide space for interdisciplinary learning, research and service, and will provide state-of-the-art laboratories for research in areas ranging from neuroscience to language development to intercultural communication. The four-story addition also will set the stage for a future project to completely renovate the existing building to provide a modern facility for those faculty and students who will work there.

Currently, about 900 students are pursuing bachelor of arts or science degrees in psychology, and about 550 are pursuing minors in psychology. Penn State ranks in the top five public universities in the United States in externally funded research in psychology.

To see photos from the groundbreaking ceremony, visit http://live.psu.edu/stilllife/2278 online.

Last Updated June 22, 2011