Penn State Football: Design Firm Set for Lasch Building and Football Complex Renovations
The Penn State Board of Trustees' Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning approved the selection of Philadelphia design firm HOK for the renovations and upgrades for the Lasch Football Complex, Holuba Hall and adjacent practice fields on Thursday during a public session.
The full board is expected approve the selection during its meeting on Friday.
HOK is known for its design of facilities such as Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, newly renovated Sanford Stadium in Georgia, Ohio State's Schumaker Complex and Clemson's football complex.
According to a brief presentation by Bill Sitzabee, Penn State's associate vice president for facilities management, renovations of the Lasch will include a "significant expansion" of the weight room facilities as well as improved and updated offices and locker rooms for coaches and meeting rooms for players and staff. Lasch continues to undergo current renovations, and has seen significant upgrades already completed over the past three years including a new player locker room.
While no official cost has been set, Sitzabee estimated that the Lasch project in total would cost between $45 and $46 million.
“The renovations already completed in Lasch Building have played a critical role in helping develop our student-athletes and build one of the top football programs in the nation,” Coach James Franklin said in a statement. “To sustain and strengthen our successes, we need to keep investing to give our students and staff all the tools they need for us to win at the very highest level, on and off the field.”
Improvements to the 33-year-old Holuba Hall will include upgrades on both the interior and exterior of the building including a new skin covering the facility. Additional restrooms and spectator facilities will be included. While no project costs have been set, Sitzabee cited a potential budget of roughly $11 million.
The practice fields, which are not completely flat at their middles for drainage purposes, would be flattened in order to allow the field to be rotated during the year in an effort to extend the lifetime of the grounds. Permanent filming structures as well as upgraded lighting and other assets would be put in place as well.
Once designs are completed, Penn State and Athletic Director Sandy Barbour will make those renderings public as the department enters the fundraising portion of the plan.
“Investing in our athletic facilities will continue to be a very high priority for Penn State Athletics in the years to come,” Athletic Director Sandy Barbour said. “We need to continue to provide our student-athletes with the quality of facilities that match the national championship-caliber programs we desire across all 31 sports. We’re very appreciative of the support we’ve received, and will continue to seek, for the Football Excellence Fund. Our passionate community clearly see the renovations to the Lasch Building and the football complex as essential resources our students need to achieve great success in the classroom and competition.”
All renovations to the Lasch Building have been privately funded