The Penn State Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning today (May 2) approved a proposal for renewing Penn State Hazleton’s Lofstrom Library. The project, which goes to the full board for consideration on May 3, will include infrastructure and programming upgrades to modernize the facility and incorporate state-of-the-art resources for students.
Built in 1972, the Lofstrom Library at Penn State Hazleton is slated to receive a $7.6 million renovation. Plans call for renovations to offices, common areas, three quiet-study rooms, three group-study rooms, a maker space, a one-button studio, meditation corner and Math Dimension.
Penn State Hazleton dedicated its new, state-of-the-art engineering laboratories during a special ceremony on Nov. 9. The Florence and George J. Hayden Engineering Laboratory, located in the newly renovated Kostos Building, consists of two dedicated laboratory spaces for engineering students in a variety of disciplines.
Penn State Hazleton rededicated its largest classroom building on Oct. 4, holding a ribbon cutting to celebrate the $15.5 million renovation project. University President Eric Barron and other officials joined Penn State Hazleton Chancellor Gary Lawler to rededicate the Kostos Building, originally constructed in 1970.
During its meeting on July 21 in Harrisburg, Penn State’s Board of Trustees approved the naming of the library at Penn State Hazleton as the Mary M. and Bertil E. Lofstrom Library in honor of longtime campus supporters. A naming ceremony will be held in front of the library on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
Penn State Hazleton dedicated a new student space for supporting diversity and inclusion at the campus. The LOFT (Lions of Fusion Territory) has been designed as an informal area in a comfortable, lounge-like setting where students can spend time in an inclusive environment.
The meditation corner at Penn State Hazleton features a calm, comfortable setting with leather chairs and is stocked with items conducive to relaxation. The prayer room was designed to accommodate needs of all denominations with chairs, cushions and a prayer rug available.