A new building for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences would use part of the space between Clark and Sutton halls, adjacent to the library. Nearby South Drive would be closed.
IUP’s Council of Trustees approved a twenty-year facilities master plan in December. Developed by the Ann Arbor, Mich., firm of JJR, LLC, it calls for three phases of activity: current to five years; six to eleven years; and eleven to twenty years.
The first phase, through 2015, would include two new buildings: one for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and one for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The Humanities building would be built next to Grant Street, overspreading South Drive and part of the lawn between Clark and Sutton halls. Once it was finished, Keith and Leonard halls would be demolished.
In the space formerly occupied by Keith and Leonard, the new science building would be constructed. Funding for both construction projects would come from the commonwealth’s capital projects budget.
According to David Werner, IUP’s interim president, “The university’s core academic mission is the focus of this plan. One of its strengths is the incorporation of a financial plan for implementation, which means that no project will be started until the funds are available.”
Several projects proposed in the three phases would be funded by sources outside the university budget. “While we face challenging budget times,” Werner said, “plans still need to be made for this university’s growth and future, so that IUP can be ready, when funds become available, to move forward to serve our academic mission.”
An executive summary of the plan is accessible through the webpage of the IUP Division of Administration and Finance.