By Andy Elder, Student Affairs Writer
For years, visitors to State College traveling into
town on College Avenue have been greeted by an almost-universal
thought – where’s the Penn State campus? No more.
Instead of drab buildings sitting on an otherwise
nondescript hill, an award-winning combination of classic architecture
landscaping screams “This
is Penn State!”
Terrace, Penn State’s new residence
hall which welcomed students in late August, provides a stunning
welcome to visitors approaching
from the east.
From the brick-faced buildings with yellow wooden
trim, to the black wrought iron fences connected to brick pillars
to a majestic
stairway leading up to
a windowed archway, Eastview Terrace is eliciting rave reviews.
“This project sets a new standard for residence
hall living not only at University Park, but in my opinion, across
the country,” said Gail Hurley,
Assistant Vice President for Housing and Residence Life.
Eastview houses 808
upperclass students in seven residence halls. Each student has
a single room with a private bath, and each floor is divided into
made up of eight to 22 student rooms. A study/social space and laundry facilities
are located in each house. Students can choose to live in either a single-gender
or coed house.
Predictably, student reaction has rivaled that of
“When I moved in everything was even nicer
than I had imagined,” said
Hillary Hillendeen, a senior animal science major who lived in Atherton
Hall for three years. “When I saw the room I started jumping
up and down. Having my own shower is really nice.”
former roommate, senior economics major Cathy Carre, echoed those
“It was a lot bigger and prettier than I expected.
I think they did a really good job with the landscaping and exteriors.
I didn't expect that at all,” Carre
said. “Having my own living space and bathroom makes the farther
distance from classes worth it. It's really nice.”
also quite an impressive collaboration of various elements. Those
- 1.5 million bricks
- 168,000 square feet of concrete
- 9,000 separate plants, including
- 331,000 square feet of building space
- 123,000 square feet of
roof shingles, comprised of 73,000 individual shingles
- 4.6 million
pounds of steel
- 6.2 acres, or the equivalent of six football
fields, of carpet
- 2,224 doors
- 37,000 square feet of mini blinds
- 5,485 lights
- 1 pedestal clock
Put it all together and the result has already
won a Golden Trowel Award for excellence in masonry. And the landscape
was designed by
WRT, a landscape
firm which has recently been declared the best landscape design
firm in the country.
As recently as early August, anyone passing
by the project probably mused that there was just no way the complex
would be ready to
by the end
of the month.
“I was shocked that they actually managed to
finish it,” Carre said.
Hillendeen explained why.
“We lived in Hetzel during the summer and saw
some of the development this summer,” she said. “There
were a lot of rumors that it wasn't going to be finished (on time).”
according to Conal Carr, the Assistant Director of Housing and
Residence Life, the efforts of a group of dedicated, hard-working
Penn State employees
made it possible.
“The real success of the project and opening
came because of our Housing and Foods housekeeping staff,” Carr
said. “During the last two weeks
of summer, we had around 80 cleaning staff on site each day preparing
the buildings for opening. This was no easy task, but these individuals,
who were working 10-hour
days, brought everything together.”
“Getting this place open on time took a colossal
team effort on the part of Housing and Residence Life. I'm
very proud of the staff and their dedication and hard work.”
payoff has been the glowing reviews of students and parents alike.
“The parents’, and a number of them are
alumni, reactions were very positive. I had three sets of parents
jokingly tell me they wanted to move in
with their son or daughter,” Carr said. “It really
was great to be able to just hear all the positive comments
from the students and parents on
opening weekend. I asked almost everyone I passed during the
first few days what they thought of the rooms and the area
in general. All of the comments were very
positive, with words like wonderful, great, and amazing.”
uttered perhaps the best endorsement of all.
“I would recommend Eastview Terrace to anyone who could get in,” she
said. “I would definitely recommend it above moving off campus.”
more photos of Eastview Terrace.
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