Dear Friends of Penn State Abington:
I am pleased and excited to share with you the good news that our project to build a residence hall for Abington students at the former dealership site on 611 was approved by the Penn State Board of Trustees on Friday, July 11. Having university-sponsored housing opens the door for the college in terms of recruitment and also gives us the opportunity in the future to seek public-private partnerships for expanded educational presence in apartment buildings where a number of our students reside. The planning for this project begins in August. The design-build team that was selected is local (Turner Construction and SMP architects) and our goal is a sustainable building that will serve as a gateway to the college and to Abington Township.
This achievement would not have been possible without the leadership and involvement of our alumni, friends, and Advisory Board members. Notably, Al Lord gave us our start and an opportunity to prove to the university that we could successfully manage residential students. And a succession of Advisory Board leaders helped persuade the university that a residence hall was needed in order for us to be competitive in this area. Our alumni and our neighbors have supported our idea to build a residence hall off campus, where the zoning would be appropriate. To everyone who has helped in this effort, I send my deep thanks.
I will keep you informed as the project unfolds. And I am sending you my best wishes for an enjoyable remainder of the summer.
Karen Wiley Sandler, Ph.D.
Albert and Suzanne Lord Chancellor
Penn State Abington College