Students signing the beam for Robinson Hall.

Students Become Part of History with Beam Signing

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

For the second time in as many weeks, students became a part of history on the University Park campus. A commemoration ceremony for Robinson Hall, in the North Halls complex, allowed for students to sign a beam being installed in the new construction.

Hundreds of students took to the event on Wednesday, Oct. 5, by signing the beam and taking a tour of a sample room, all the while enjoying a cookie courtesy of the Penn State Bakery.

"The students really made this event such a success," said Director of Housing Operations, Conal Carr. "Everyone was interested in the project and wanted to learn more and be a part of the it."

Numerous attendees took the opportunity to engage staff from both Penn State and Irwin & Leighton LLC, the construction firm responsible for Robinson Hall., who were on hand for the event.

"I think it was incredible having such great feedback from the students and to seeing how much they cared about the project," said Kayla Ollowin, Association of Residence Hall Students Housing and Food Services Chair.

With such high interest from students, Carr hopes "that these interactions lead to future collaborations between our students, faculty, and the building-design team of Irwin & Leighton. It would be fantastic to have students directly responsible for making this campus better."

In addition to signing the beam, students had the opportunity to tour a sample room of Robinson Hall.

"It's pretty cool," said first-year student Kashyia Henry of the prospects of Robinson Hall. "It'll give people a better experience of University Park."

Of the overall event, most students were in awe when first seeing the beam.

"It's not every day that you get asked to be a part of history," said first-year student, Keegan D'Souza. "And now I am a part of history."

Robinson Hall is expected to be completed by Fall of 2018.

The event commemorating Robinson Hall was held in Warnock Commons.

A beam signing was held on Sept. 28 to commemorate the construction of Earle Hall - a new residence hall being built in the East Halls complex.