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The Hetzel Union Building (HUB) is the center of student activity at the University Park campus, serving more than 45,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The HUB is situated in the heart of the campus core and was last renovated in 1998 when the Robeson Cultural Center was incorporated into the building. Responding to a significant increase in usage and student space needs, the project expands and enhances variety of student-related activity and service areas. The complex infill project re-purposes an underutilized alleyway and includes a 55,000 square-foot addition and 52,000 square feet of renovation. The unifying feature to GUND Partnership’s design is a large sky-lit commons with informal social and dining areas that offers a dynamic gathering area for student life. A range of multipurpose meeting rooms are located around the gathering space and offer greater visibility to the student leadership group activities on the upper levels. The university's first inhabitable green roof sits above a new mezzanine level in the Penn State Bookstore. The green roof will include space for seating and is envisioned as a space to accommodate gatherings serving the new multipurpose flex theater that will be added near the HUB parking deck entrance. Designed to Penn State’s rigorous performance standards and sustainability goals, the project incorporates high performance glazing, LED lighting, green roof, in addition to upgrading existing mechanical systems. The project also improves pedestrian circulation and accessibility through and around the facility and enhances the visual character of the eastern side of the building.
55,000 SF New
64,440 SF Renovation
Renderings by GUND Partnership