Giant crane places support beam for Foster Auditorium expansion

This past week, workers used a giant crane to place a support beam for the expansion of the Larry and Ellen Foster Auditorium, set to open in August, in its new location in the Paterno Library at Penn State's University Park campus. The easily accessible and prominent location will be a bonus for the already popular auditorium, made possible, originally and now again, by generous gifts from Ellen and Larry Foster. In operation since 2000, the auditorium has hosted graphic novel presentations, poetry readings, movies, inauguration ceremonies and even former Nittany Lion mascots.

The construction is part of the larger Knowledge Commons project that will provide one-stop access to a technology-rich learning environment with flexible space, hardware and software, adjacent to librarians and staff with the expertise to nurture the intellectual development and creativity of Penn State students as they conduct research and create podcasts, videos, maps, blogs and more. More than a resource center or computer lab, the new facilities will meet the needs of students who need access to traditional and online collections, services and information, such as copyright guidance, as they work in digital and multimedia formats.

Libraries teams are working with WTW Architects of Pittsburgh to finalize the design for the next phases that will bring together key services and resources to serve today's students. Funding is in place and work is expected to begin this winter on phases four to six. Additional phases that will make this a truly spectacular initiative will require additional private philanthropy.

For more information on how you can help, contact the Libraries Office of Development at 814-865-2258.

To see pictures of the beam's placement, visit online.

Last Updated November 18, 2010