2009 MBA Building Excellence Award for Best Renovation under $10 million

Penn State Shenango - Sharon and Lecture Halls


The Penn State Shenango, Sharon and Lecture Hall Renovation project in Sharon, Pennsylvania was awarded the Master Builders' Association of Western Pennsylvania's 2009 Building Excellence Award for Best Renovation under $10 million. PJ Dick provided design-build services for the phased renovation to 90,000 square feet of Sharon and Lecture Halls at Penn State's Shenango campus. The project consisted of three building parts: renovations to Sharon and Lecture Halls, including the utility and system infrastructure, and the construction of an enclosed connector between the buildings. It also included is the construction of a plaza and rear pedestrian entrance.

Sharon Hall was built in 1929 with piecemeal renovations over the years. It is built primarily of masonry bearing wall construction utilizing some steel columns on the ground floor. The floors and roof are supported by metal joists. The roofing material is granular surface modified bitumen. The original wood windows have been replaced with single glazed aluminum sash units. Entrance doors and the stair towers are aluminum and glass.

Lecture Hall, constructed in 1903, is primarily masonry bearing wall construction with steel girders and wood joist framing. The roof is framed by wood trusses and consists of asphalt shingles. The exterior walls are solid masonry, with brick veneer. The original windows were wood, single-hinge. The entrance doors are aluminum with glass.

The renovation created a student-oriented focal point for the campus and provide new dining facility, fitness center, computer resource area, game room, student organization offices and classroom space for the Penn State University branch campus.