Michael Baker Building Renovation
In spring 2015 the Penn State Board of Trustees’ Finance, Business and Capital Planning Committee approved Penn State Beaver’s Michael Baker Science and Engineering Building for renovation, authorizing $9.5 million for the project.
The Michael Baker Building was built in 1968. The 26,000 square-foot building houses engineering, science and computer labs; classrooms; communications labs; an art classroom; and faculty offices. Renovations are scheduled to begin in May 2015, and the building is expected to re-open in June 2016.
Upgrades will provide new labs and equipment, included updated chemistry laboratories that mirror real-life work environments. The information sciences and technology (IST) lab will include a dedicated collaborative learning space. An Engineering Learning Factory will allow students to physically construct solutions to course-related and industry-based projects, while a new physics lab will provide the opportunity to conduct simulated experiments.
Upgraded laboratories supporting Beaver’s baccalaureate degree in communications will enhance course requirements in reporting, television field production, and media presentation graphics as well as the production of the student newspaper, The Roar.
Changes will also be made in the Michael Baker Building’s heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems, and ADA compliance requirements require installation of an elevator and restroom upgrades. New architectural entry treatments, window replacement and new window openings also are planned.