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Swift Renovation Project Moves Forward

9/1/2010 —

DuBois – As the renovation of the Swift Building at Penn State DuBois continues, the office of Business Services reminds the campus community that some areas of the campus may be inaccessible for certain periods of time.


"Right now we're asking people to avoid the areas immediately around the Swift Building that are closed off with the orange fencing," said Director of Business Services John Luchini.  "The biggest reason we're asking people to avoid these areas is safety." 


Luchini said that in the coming months other areas of the campus, such the Schoch Plaza, may be closed off while work is completed on various parts of the project.   Each time new parts of the campus are affected, the campus community will be notified. 


"We want to keep people aware of the changes, and make sure they're staying clear of areas where active construction work is happening," Luchini said.  "We'll notify students, faculty and staff by Penn State email each time new areas are closed or opened." 


Luchini encourages everyone to keep an eye out for those notifications, and to frequently check the renovations webpage at http://dubois.psu.edu/Renovation for up-to-date information. 


The Swift Building was built in 1963, and has remained unchanged ever since.  It has always provided space for a multitude of campus necessities.  The building housed classrooms, labs, faculty offices, computer labs, the Center for Undergraduate Excellence, and more.  Luchini said updates to the building's interior will keep this versatile building functioning in all of its roles for years to come.


Plans call for crews to update the heating system, replace windows with more energy efficient treatments, and install energy efficient insulating panels on the outside. They'll also put in a highly efficient air conditioning system.


Labs will be upgraded with new equipment and new workspace.  There will be improvements to classrooms and a new student lounge will be constructed. 


The project plans were designed by KTH Architects, of DuBois.  The projected $4.5 million dollar cost of the project will be funded by Capital Renewal Funds from the state, and Penn State University dollars.  Work is expected to be complete by summer 2011.

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