Architecture & Interior Design

Pennsylvania State University East Halls: Sproul and Geary Halls

DLA+, Clayco, and Mackey Mitchell Architects were selected as part of a design-build team to transform The Pennsylvania State University’s East Halls. Phase 2A includes renovations and additions to the existing residence halls Sproul and Geary. The work totals roughly 144,700 GSF.

Project Team

Pennsylvania State University
Interior Design
Construction Administration
Completion Date
August 2020
Project Size
573 renovated beds
144,660 SF
Project Cost
$49 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 buildings into vibrant, modern residence life halls for incoming Penn State freshman. Additionally, the goal was for the newly renovated buildings to respect the design intent of the original buildings while providing a new, cohesive look throughout the East Halls complex.

Phase 2A of the East Halls project consists of Sproul Hall, which is a 10-story, 75,000 SF Tower Hall and Geary Hall, which is an eight-story, 70,000 SF Mid-Rise Hall. Each hall has mostly double occupancy rooms with some Resident Assistant single rooms that provide 300 beds in Sproul and 273 beds in Geary. 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. The halls have a common space on the main floor with a meeting room, knowledge station, community kitchen, laundry and a resident life office. Additionally, Sproul has a housing office, mobility-assist bedroom, quiet room and foot-washing room, while Geary has a coordinator apartment, study room and music room for students.