Board of Trustees Approves Renovation Projects

At a March 13 meeting, members of Philadelphia University’s Board of Trustees approved upgrades to Independence Plaza, renovations to the ground floor of Hayward Hall and refurbishments to Smith House, projects that are scheduled to be completed by the end of this summer.

In order to create more student housing on campus, Philadelphia University has developed plans that include reconfiguring the layout of Independence Plaza apartments and adding 87 beds throughout the complex. Phase II of the project calls for the construction of a new sophomore-level residence hall behind The Kanbar Campus Center. Initially scheduled to be completed by Fall 2009, it is now targeted for Fall 2010.

The Industrial Design Program will move into their new, state-of-the-art home on the ground floor of Hayward Hall in August. Renovations to Hayward Hall will take place this summer. Following the same timeline, Smith House renovations will include interior-finish renewal, as well as new classrooms, seminar rooms, jury space, studios, and a CAD lab for the Landscape Architecture Program. Faculty offices are also planned.

“These upgrades will not only enhance our existing students’ learning and living environments, they will also heighten the Philadelphia University experience for incoming students new to our campus,” said Randy Gentzler, vice president for Business and Finance/Treasurer, who will oversee the renovations over the coming months.

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