Trustees approve final plans for renovations to Moore, CEDAR Buildings

January 20, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's Board of Trustees Friday (Jan. 20) approved final plans and the authorization to award contracts to complete renovations to Moore Building, and start renovations to CEDAR Building, on the University Park campus.

The trustees approved project plans by Philadelphia architectural firm KlingStubbins, who also designed phase one of the Moore Building project.

Moore Building, built in 1969, is the home of the University's psychology department, and CEDAR Building houses the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education. The two adjoined buildings are located between Park Avenue and Curtin Road, adjacent to Allen Road. Since the buildings are connected physically, the University planned to renovate them together to minimize disruptions, maintain a consistent appearance for both, and reduce overall costs.

Phase one of the Moore Building project, started in 2010 and completed in January 2012, included initial renovations to a portion of the existing 84,000-square-foot building, and a 57,000-sqare-foot addition to help consolidate the Department of Psychology's many programs into one location.

The rest of Moore will now be extensively renovated in phase two, at the same time as CEDAR.

Improvements to both facilities will include new sidewalks and landscaping; new paint, carpet and ceiling tiles; and minor office reconfigurations to improve functionality. The buildings also will receive upgrades to improve worn out and inadequate mechanical and electrical systems, energy efficiency, and ADA accessibility.

Moore and CEDAR also will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, a national standard for green building construction.

The total Moore renovation project budget is $21.9 million and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2013. The total CEDAR renovation project budget is $9.5 million and is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.

  • An artist's rendering of the renovated Moore Building at University Park, viewed from the north.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated January 23, 2012