Simmons Hall dining areas to be converted to residence spaces

January 21, 2011

University Park, Pa. — Penn State will convert the dining room and kitchen areas of Simmons Hall at the University Park campus for use as residence space, the University's Board of Trustees learned Friday (Jan. 21).

The 16,500 square feet of renovated space will accommodate 71 student beds, along with toilet and shower facilities, student lounges and study rooms. The project will be completed for the fall 2011 semester.
Previously, dining space in nearby McElwain Hall was converted to residence space. Both spaces were chosen because they were already located within residence halls. Additionally the conversion will help to offset the loss of some bed space from other residence hall renovations.
The renovated Pollock Dining Commons, scheduled for completion in August, will accommodate the demand from the current Simmons Hall dining facility.

Penn State operates 75 residence halls and five apartment complexes accommodating more than 18,700 undergraduate and graduate students. Residence halls are located at University Park, Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Erie, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton and Mont Alto.


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Last Updated January 31, 2011