Robert and Sally Metzgar Admissions and Alumni Center
Penn State Behrend
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The University was seeking a new and inviting Admissions Offices to be situated as a “gateway” building to the campus. The expectation was that when a visitor arrived at campus they would immediately be comfortable as they located and entered the building. In addition, the building would be used for returning alumni and special events. Massing and aesthetics were to be in concert with the campus’ historic residential structures and adjacent buildings. The opportunity to move both the Admissions Office, Financial Aid and Bursars Office into a single location was a goal. Sustainable design was desired to achieve LEED certification.
The building is very visible to first time visitors as you enter campus with signage to identify the building as the campus welcome center. The exterior borrows materials and aesthetic from the historic Glenhill farm house, the original residence of the Behrend Family, although at a much larger scale. The exterior is dominated by the floor to ceiling windows that displays the activity within and provides natural day-lighting to the space. A large patio off the foyer is used for extending the building space for special events. The interior was designed and furnished to achieve a warm and inviting home-like feel to create a comfortable environment for prospective students.
The building received LEED Certification. Each department is provided space within the center to accommodate the varying needs of those served—incoming students, current students and alumni.
“We felt this facility would be an asset both physically and symbolically. Physically, this adds the quintessential front door that welcomes visitors to campus. Symbolically, this center will mark the end of students’ collegiate careers and encourage graduates to embrace their newfound status as alumni.”
Penn State University
- 2010 NAIOP Northern Ohio Chapter, Traveling Gun Architectural Design of the Year
- Certified LEED
- Fundraising Assistance
- Space Planning
- Fit Planning
- Budget Development
- Cost Estimating
- Feasibility Study
- Concept Development
- Interior Design
- Land Planning and Development
- Landscape Architecture
- Schedule Development