Groundbreaking marks start of construction in Carlisle

January 23, 2008

Carlisle, Pa. -- Penn State's Dickinson School of Law celebrated the start of construction of its new $50 million Carlisle construction and renovation project with a groundbreaking ceremony on Jan. 23. The project will feature the new signature Lewis Katz Hall, named in honor of the principal donor to the project, philanthropist and businessman Lewis Katz, whose $15 million gift to the law school ranks among the largest gifts in the history of Penn State.

The building plans also call for the extensive renovation of a portion of the law school's existing facility, which will house the law school's unified H. Laddie Montague Jr. Law Library, named in honor of H. Laddie Montague Jr., a prominent Philadelphia lawyer and trial attorney who has committed $4 million to the school.

The renovation and construction project is part of Penn State's $110 million plan for new, completely interconnected law school facilities in Carlisle and University Park. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is contributing $25 million to the construction project in Carlisle.

More than 300 hundred people attended the ceremony which took place at the law school's historic Carlisle location. Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell, Penn State President Graham B. Spanier, Cynthia Baldwin, immediate past chair of Penn State's Board of Trustees, and Philip J. McConnaughay, dean of The Dickinson School of Law, led the ceremony, which included remarks by Katz, Montague and LeRoy Zimmerman, former Pennsylvania attorney general and current chair of the Board of Directors of The Hershey Trust Co.

In his remarks about the Commonwealth's contribution, Rendell spoke of his administration's commitment to Central Pennsylvania, Carlisle and higher education.

Spanier further stressed the law school's bright future, saying, "The scope of Penn State's Dickinson School of Law is unprecedented in contemporary legal education. It is on the leading edge of the future direction of law schools."

McConnaughay emphasized that it is the "connection between Carlisle and University Park that gives us cause to celebrate the law school's future as well as its past and reason to know that the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle and in University Park now enjoys the potential of another 175 years as remarkable as the past."

The $50 million project budget, which is $10 million more than the original capital campaign target, is composed of $10 million from Penn State, $15 million from private philanthropy and $25 million in matching funds from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The remainder of the Katz and Montague gifts will benefit the law school's endowment. The school plans to occupy the new facilities in Carlisle in December 2009. The law school will occupy its new facilities in University Park in December 2008.

  • A long line of dignitaries participated in the traditional groundbreaking ceremony. For more photos, click on the image above.

    IMAGE: Pierce Bounds

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