University to address deferred maintenance projects over summer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A number of deferred maintenance projects will take place on Penn State's University Park campus this summer, the Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning learned today (May 8).

-- Pattee-Paterno Library sprinkler and egress upgrades. The University intends to complete fire protection upgrades in Pattee-Paterno Library including new sprinklers, fire alarm devices, doors and hardware. The cost estimate for this project is $1.5 million.

-- West Pattee Library floor slab upgrades. The load-carrying capacity of the slab on the second floor of West Pattee Library will be increased and a new raised floor system will be installed to correct the unevenness of the slab and to provide greater flexibility in the use of the space. The cost estimate for this project is $1.2 million.

-- Sackett Building window replacement. The University intends to replace the windows on the east and west elevations of the original 1930 portion of Sackett Building. These single-pane, uninsulated windows are original to the building and are failing. The new windows will be insulated and energy-efficient, and will architecturally match the original windows in appearance. The project budget is currently estimated to be $1.1 million.

-- Willard Building General Purpose Classroom renovations. The University intends to renovate Willard Building classrooms 358, 360, and 362 (approximately 4,650 square feet total) as part of an ongoing classroom renewal effort at University Park. The project includes new furniture and new technology such as whiteboards, projectors and room computers. The cost estimate for this project is $1.14 million.

-- Field Hockey Complex turf replacement. The existing Field Hockey Complex just west of the Pegula Ice Arena, was constructed in 2004. After nearly a decade of use for NCAA competition, the turf is in need of replacement. The project is scheduled for completion before the 2014 season, which begins in August. The cost estimate for this project is $1.53 million.

-- Carnegie Building and Pattee Library roof replacement. The University intends to replace portions of Carnegie Building roof and existing roofing systems of various materials at Pattee Library, all of which have outlived their usefulness. The cost estimate for this project is $1.22 million.

-- Henderson utility upgrades. The existing steam heating system in Henderson Building is outdated and deteriorated to a point of disrepair and steam leaks from under-slab pipes are damaging walls. The system will be replaced with a hot water perimeter heating system. This project will reduce heating costs, disruptions and repair costs. The estimate for this project is $1.5 million.

-- Williams Building at Penn State Fayette, the Eberly Campus will receive electrical and HVAC upgrades. The project scope includes new rooftop units, new electrical service, upgrades to emergency generator systems and lighting upgrades. A small new building addition is required to accommodate these new systems. The cost estimate for this project is $1.5 million.

-- Science/Technology Laboratory Building at Penn State Mont Alto is scheduled for a lab renovation and replacement of windows and exterior doors. The facility, built in 1976, is outdated and no longer serves the needs of faculty and students. The University intends to renovate 5,200 square feet of space in the zoology and biology labs on the second floor, and the chemistry and physics labs on the third floor.  The project scope includes replacement of windows and exterior doors throughout the building to increase energy efficiency and upgrades for accessibility, audio and video equipment, and mechanical systems. The cost estimate for the project is $2.55 million.

Last Updated June 20, 2014