Resilient Renovation: Integrating Flexibility in Historic Renovation

In 2012, The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) issued an RFP for a seemingly straightforward update of the systems and interior finishes of the Burrowes Building that would be completed in three phases. The project ended up being anything but ordinary. After an extensive programming exercise, the Office of Physical Plant and the current occupants agreed that a wholesale gut and renovation of the building, done in one complete phase, would best meet current and future needs. It became quickly apparent that renovating the physical aspects of the building was only one goal of the project, which turned out to provide the opportunity for two large organizations within the College of the Liberal Arts to create a sense of shared community and collaboration.

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