Committee Approves Final Plans for Penn State’s Bellisario Media Center | University park campus news


The Penn State board committee on financial, business and capital planning has approved final construction plans for the Bellisario Media Center, according to a press release.

With office space and television and radio studios, the center will be available to communication students, faculty and student media, including The Daily Collegian.

Construction of the open concept center began in December 2018. The finished product will constitute 60,000 square feet of the oldest section of the Willard Building, built in 1949.

Marie Hardin, dean of Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, said in the statement that the center will prepare students to “thrive in the types of media environments they will enter as professionals.”


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“The center will be, without a doubt, the most exciting place on campus for Penn State communication students and faculty,” said Hardin. “It will be a vital resource as we prepare the next generation of great digital storytellers.”

The building will also include a consolidated media effects lab, which is currently spread across campus in several locations; office space for the College of Liberal Arts; and a new space for the university’s strategic communications office.

Pollock Road will also undergo changes throughout the construction process with “accessibility improvements” added and utility systems replaced.

The center, which is slated to open in time for the 2020-2021 academic year, is the result of a $ 30 million donation from prominent alumnus Donald P. Bellisario and his wife, Vivienne, in 2017. Bellisario produced shows such as “Quantum Leap”. “NCIS” and “Magnum PI”

Approved in September 2017, Architecture Studios of Washington, DC is the architect of the project.


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