Architecture & Interior Design

Pennsylvania State University East Halls

DLA+, with Clayco and Mackey Mitchell Architects (MMA), was selected as part of an exciting design-build team to dramatically transform East Halls, a large residence hall campus at The Pennsylvania State University.

Project Team


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George Kieszek
Construction Administrator


Dana Steadman, RA
Project Manager
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Interesting Info

One of the largest residence hall construction projects undertaken by the University
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Clayco Corporation
Pennsylvania State University
Teaming Partners
Design Architect - Mackey Mitchell Architects
MEP Engineer - Barton Associates
Structural Engineer - Hope Furrer Associates
Landscape Architect - Forum Studio
Civil Engineer - Sweetland Engineering
Interior Design
Construction Administration
Completion Date
Phase 1 - Fall 2019
Project Size
​2,473 New & Renovated Beds
Project Cost
​$225 Million

Project Challenges and Outcomes

At a cost of approximately $225 million, the East Halls project will be one of the largest residence hall construction projects undertaken by the university. During Phase One of the project, East Halls will receive significant upgrades to surrounding outdoor spaces, construction of a new 336-bed residence hall, and renovation of six existing halls, which were built in the 1960s. Design, planning and construction for the phased project is now underway.  Ground breaking for Phase 1A of the project took place early 2016.

Phase One will take place over three successive, 14-month construction periods and will be completed in the fall of 2019. At that time, there will be a total of 2,473 new and renovated beds at East Halls. Following the successful completion of Phase One, Clayco and the design-build team will begin to renovate the remaining eight existing buildings as part of Phase Two of the project, which will result in a total of 4,570 new and renovated beds. The project is envisioned as a comprehensive transformation of the student residential experience.