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Bryce Jordan Center to Close for Summer for Roof, Floor Projects

by on February 20, 2014 1:09 PM

Penn State University says the Bryce Jordan Center will be closed this summer to replace the facility's roof and restore the arena's concrete floor.

The $4.5 million project is expected to start the day after Penn State's May commencements, May 9 through May 11, and be complete by the Aug. 16 commencements.

"The Office of Physical Plant purposely tries to schedule as much as we can during the summer because most of our student population is gone and a lot of faculty is away. Also, the schedule for the BJC really slows down in the summertime because people really focus on outdoor events," says Paul Ruskin, spokesman for OPP. "It'll be a challenge to get everything done in three months, but they tell me the can do it."

Roofing replacement generally occurs about every 20 years, and the BJC is 19 years old, Ruskin says. While the main roof will be replaced, the roofs for supplemental areas attached to building do not need to be replaced, he says.

The project also includes disassembling lightning rods and replacing them once the new roof is complete.

The south annex portion of the facility will remain open as well as athletic offices.

Summer basketball camp and State College Area High School's graduation ceremony will be held at the Pegula Ice Arena.

The project is still in the planning stages. Project bids, which are still under consideration, are for various renovation projects, such as roof work, new flooring, a replacement lightning protection system, according to Penn State Spokeswoman Lisa Powers.

"It's been almost two decades since the center opened and the floors have seen a lot of traffic from bull riding to motorcross, monster trucks, concerts, ice shows and more," Powers says.

Operationally, there will be no financial loss from the summer closure, Powers says. "The events we are losing are done as a service to the community and the charges are commensurate to the expenses incurred by the facility," she says.

The university is expected to release more project details in the spring.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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