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From the Ground Up

The ceremonial groundbreaking for the Residential Revival in May had barely concluded before the actual groundbreaking started. As foundation, university, and government dignitaries walked away from a tent set up outside Wahr Hall, a fence was going up around the entire demolition and construction site.


An updated version of project plans that appeared in the Spring issue of IUP Magazine. This is how the building closest to the corner of Pratt Drive and Grant Street will look. Pratt Drive is in the foreground; Grant Street is at right.

Within a fortnight, the steel sculpture Transition had itself been transitioned across Grant Street to a new location south of Clark Hall. Trees were felled along Grant Street, and the campus greenhouse, the Administrative Annex, and Wahr Hall sat, awaiting demolition. Phase I of the Residential Revival had begun.

By the opening of the Fall, 2007, semester, two new buildings will rise along Pratt Drive and along Grant Street, all the way from Pratt Drive to Eleventh Street. All told, more than seven hundred student residents will be accommodated, most in two- and four-person suites. Ground-floor areas will be given over to student services. The goal is to create an environment ideal for living and learning.

souvenir shovels

Souvenir shovels were given to nearly a dozen participants in the Phase I groundbreaking. They included leaders from the university, Foundation for IUP, community, and region.

Grant Street Houses

At one time, "cottages" lined Grant Street across from Clark Hall. This section of the campus has been modified several times.

Meanwhile, at its May meeting, the Board of Directors of the Foundation for IUP approved moving forward with the Residential Revival’s Phase II. In this phase, tentatively scheduled to begin in Summer, 2007, Elkin, Gordon, Turnbull, and Langham halls and a portion of Stewart Hall would be demolished.

football field

When Wahr Hall, right, was new, the football field was only steps away. The houses at top are on Grant Street.

At the north end of campus, near Breezedale, two new residence buildings would be constructed with approximately 552 beds. To the south, at the corner of Pratt Drive and Maple Street, another new residence building would be constructed to accommodate approximately 368 students.

The Residential Revival is a collaboration of the Foundation for IUP and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Elsewhere at IUP

These are only a few of the many projects in progress:

With completion of IUP at Punxsutawney’s new classroom building, demolition is proceeding on the old building.

Design of the Regional Development Center and Sports Complex along Wayne Avenue is underway, with construction tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2008.  Closing on the Kovalchick property is forecast to occur late this fall.

An addition to and renovation of Fisher Auditorium is expected to begin soon.  Details of the project’s goals were in the Summer, 2005, issue of IUP Magazine.

Upgrades are being made to the Sutton Hall steps on the north and south sides of the building, to the Stouffer Hall front entrance and patio, and to the Davis Hall ramp that facilitates handicapped access to the building.