Construction continues on Commons
New building construction continues on the Abram Nesbitt, III Academic Commons. Located at the epi-center of the campus, this state-of-the-art classroom and library complex has been designated as a “green” environmentally friendly building. According to Reese Smith, Director of Maintenance and Operations for Penn State Wilkes-Barre, “This one-of-a-kind structure is the only building in the Penn State regional area that’s Leeds certified. That means the building is made up of recycled and energy efficient products.”
The $8 million dollar building will house the new 7600 square foot Nesbitt Library and Barry Hall as well as the Friedman Art Gallery, a cyber café, four technologically smart classrooms, and a gracious lobby to host events. Nesbitt Commons will also serve as a destination stop for cultural and educational activities. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson of Wilkes-Barre is the firm behind the design, and Lobar Incorporated is the local general contractor.
With seating to accommodate large lecture classes and musical and theatrical performances, the new academic building is set to open for Penn State students and the community in January of 2008.