eberly college of science student academic advising and collaborative learning center

University Park, PA

“BLTa brings tactful persuasion to six different user groups who will share one roof.”

The Pennsylvania State University
16,000 sf
$6.0 Million USD
Architect and Interior Designer

The Ritenour Building is the adaptive reuse of a Charles Klauder building renovated in phases. The initial work, created a Center for Excellence in Science Education for the Eberly College of Science. Most notably, a new entry was axially aligned with Eberly’s Thomas Building across the Shortlidge Mall. Behind this entry, a new elevator and celebratory stair connect the program elements.

Interior renovations of the 16,000 square foot, 3-story east wing include private learning labs and meeting rooms, digital media studio, Office of Digital Learning, Undergraduate Future Students Office, Center for Excellence in Science Education and the Office of Science Engagement. A 24/7 collaborative learning space was created and transformed by a new exterior patio. Envelope improvements included removal of newer modifications and careful masonry patching, restoring the exterior facade to its original appearance. Certain monumental windows from 1927 were preserved in place with new monolithic storm windows, while all other openings received new insulated windows.


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