By Emily Weber
INDIANA — Three new Indiana University of Pennsylvania construction projects are expected to be completed by August 2014 as the first installments in a long-range facilities plan presented on Monday by campus administrators.
They described a new College of Humanities and Social Sciences building, the Crimson Café dining facility and a Creative Arts Plaza at two public presentations. The first was at noon at the Hadley Union Building; the second was at 7 p.m. at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. Thirty people attended the evening presentation.
Presenters included Raymond L. “Ray” Wygonik, director of IUP’s office of engineering and construction; Mark A. Geletka, associate vice president for facilities management, and W. Thomas Borellis, the university’s chief planner and project specialist.
The $29.6 million humanities and social sciences facility will rise next to Stapleton Library on the lawn between Clark and Sutton halls. Wygonik said it will replace Keith and Leonard halls, which will be razed after the facility is completed. Construction will begin in the spring of 2013. (Campus map, click here.)
The six-story building will contain seven academic departments and 31 classrooms with seating for 1,835. It will front Grant Street, remove South Drive and adjust parking around Sutton Hall.
The dining facility will rise between the library and South Eleventh Street. Ultimately, it will replace Folger Food Court on Pratt Drive. The new café will include food venues, a coffee shop and seating for 400.
The Crimson Café will be an intimate gathering space for students, faculty and staff, Wygonik said.
“Rather than a mall, we’re going with a micro-restaurant concept,” he said.
The third project is the Sprowls Fine Arts Courtyard between Sprowls and Cogswell halls on South Eleventh Street. Borellis said the courtyard is still in the planning phase. When finished, it will provide a more appealing entrance to campus from the existing pedestrian walkway to the parking garage on Grant Street.
The presentation addressed other projects in the five-year range of the plan, including:
a Dining Hall Master Plan, which calls for a dining hall to replace Keith Hall and the renovation of Folger Hall into an all-you-can-eat facility with seating for 450.
traffic studies conducted this year on Grant and South Eleventh streets. Borellis said these streets will be closed during construction of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences facility and may be closed permanently to increase campus walkability.
a hotel facility to be built adjacent to the Kovalchick center. Wooten said the university soon will announce a plan for this project.
expansion of the Hoodlebug Trail adjacent to the Robertshaw Building.
extension of the green arboretum concept to the Kovalchick center and other areas of south campus.
The long-range plan was developed by an Ann Arbor, Mich., planning consultant and represents three years of work. It was adopted by the IUP Council of Trustees on Dec. 16, 2010, according to IUP’s website. The 102-page document and a 2011 revision can be downloaded from the site.
Plans remain “dynamic” and “fluid,” according to Cornelius Wooten, IUP vice president of administration and Finance. Three phases of development range from 0-5 years, 6-10 years and 11-20 years. Each phase includes time, cost and funding possibilities. Eighty percent of the cost for projects in the five-year range are already covered by public, private or university funds, Borellis said.
IUP students attending the evening session expressed mixed feelings about the new facility for the College of Humanities and Social Science. Sophomore Bethany A. Longer, 19, a psychology major, said a unified building will be “advantageous for the university” but less engaging for her emotionally.
“I like the feeling that a building is my building,” she said. “As a psychology major, I feel like Uhler is mine. One building containing all these things takes away that feeling.”
However, junior P. Jasper Chmielewski, 20, a political science/pre-law major, said students might be willing to branch out from their majors when the departments are located in once place.
“You put all the social sciences in one building, and I might take classes in areas that interest me that aren’t even my major,” he said. “Plus I’m tired of being attacked by bees in Keith. We need a new building.”
Emily Weber, a junior journalism and English major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is from Souderton, Pa.