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Consultants Caution Penn State Board of Trustees to Maintain and Upgrade Buildings

by on May 09, 2014 10:30 AM

A college campus capital projects consulting company cautioned the Penn State Board of Trustees Friday morning to maintain the quality of newer buildings and update older buildings in order to stay competitive with other universities.

Sightlines consultants encouraged the board to implement plans to properly maintain newer buildings and plan ahead for future renovations as well as update older buildings.

While Penn State features newer, technologically enhanced buildings, roughly 65 percent of its buildings at University Park are more than 25 years old.

During the review of Penn State's structures, outgoing President Rodney Erickson said it is critical for the university to focus on updating and upgrading campus facilities, including residence halls.

"It's difficult to compete if you have residence halls that are 50 to 60 years old and the style isn't where students want to be," says Erickson. "It's a serious, serious challenge, one that I think that we're going to have to work very hard to address in the coming years."

Sightlines says Penn State's current five-year capital plan is not enough to address all needs as they arise. As a result a backlog will rise modestly over the next several years.

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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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