Architecture & Interior Design

Pennsylvania State University East Halls: Geary Hall

DLA+, Clayco, and Mackey Mitchell Architects were selected as part of a design-build team to transform The Pennsylvania State University’s East Halls. Renovations to Geary Hall were part of Phase 2A.

Project Team

Pennsylvania State University
Interior Design
Construction Administration
Completion Date
October 2020
Project Size
273 renovated beds
70,000 SF
Project Cost
$20.2 Million
Clayco Corp
Teaming Partners
Design Architect - Mackey Mitchell Architects
MEP Engineer - Barton Associates
Structural Engineer - Hope Furrer Associates
Landscape Architect - BatesForum
Civil Engineer - Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.
LEED Consultant: Energy & Environmental Solutions Inc.

Project Challenges and Outcomes

The goal of the renovation was to transform the existing 1960s building into a vibrant, modern residence life hall for incoming Penn State freshman. Additionally, the goal was for the newly renovated building to respect the design intent of the original building while providing a new, cohesive look throughout the East Halls complex.

Phase 2A of the East Halls project consists of Geary Hall, which is an eight-story, 70,000 SF Mid-Rise Hall, and Sproul Hall, which is a 10-story, 75,000 SF Tower Hall.

Geary Hall has mostly double occupancy rooms with some Resident Assistant single rooms that provide 273 beds. Like the other recently renovated East Halls buildings, each floor has single user bathrooms that have a shower and toilet to allow for privacy and toilet only restrooms. Geary Hall has a common space on the main floor with a meeting room, knowledge station, community kitchen, laundry and a resident life office. Additionally, Geary Hall has a coordinator apartment, study room and music room for students.