Study Room Rendering

Beaver Hall Unveils New Living-Learning Space

Monday, October 26, 2015

Students who call Beaver Hall home will have a new living-learning area to enjoy, starting this fall semester. Renovations to the ground floor have created an open, comfortable space that includes a lounge, kitchen, and special meeting rooms.

Beaver Hall houses students in several Special Living Options (SLOs), residential communities for students with similar academic and social interests. SLOs in Beaver Hall include Health and Human Development House, Leadership and Service, Discover House (associated with the Division of Undergraduate Studies), Living in a Free Environment (LIFE) House, International Language House, Liberal Arts Paterno Fellows House, and Sophomore Year Experience (SYE).

"The new living-learning area will be focused on building community," says Mark Rameker, senior associate director of Residence Life at University Park. "There's plenty of space for students to study and hang out, a kitchen where they can demonstrate their cooking skills, and two Knowledge Stations, where students can plug their laptops or tablets into a screen and work collaboratively."

As well, a meeting room with a projector and white board will provide space for faculty seminars.

"I think this will become the most actively used space in the building," says Chad Henning, assistant director of Housing - special projects at University Park. "We incorporated student feedback to help us transform the ground floor of Beaver into a truly remarkable space for students."

Other updates to residence halls at University Park include converting shared bathrooms to private bathrooms in Atherton Hall, renovating Nittany Apartments (which haven't had any updates since they were built in the 1980s), and repairing the cupola on Waring Commons, which dates back to 1950.