Open design to encourage collaboration and creativity anchors cutting-edge plans for the Donald P. Bellisario Media Center, which will open in the heart of the Penn State University Park campus in 2020.

A preview of the centre’s combination of studios, labs and creative spaces was unveiled to alumni and students at an event for the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications on Sunday.

Virtual tour of the Bellisario Media Center (Willard Building), produced by Studios Architecture. Overview video of the completed Bellisario Media Center, which will be housed in the Willard building on the University Park campus and is expected to be completed in time for the 2020-21 academic year.

Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

The media center is part of the transformational gift to Penn State by Distinguished Alumnus Bellisario and his wife, Vivienne, in 2017. The center, which will be housed in the Willard Building, will house academic media courses and operations from 2020-21 . academic year.

“This center will allow us to prepare the next great generation of digital storytellers, creative thinkers and strategic communicators,” said Dean Marie Hardin. “We expect this to be a magnet for students and faculty in a high energy environment. “

The university’s board of trustees approved Studios Architecture of Washington, DC, as the architect for the project in September 2017. The studios, as well as administrators, faculty, and staff at Bellisario College and Penn State are involved in the design of forward-looking spaces for learning, research and innovation. The completed media center will occupy three floors of the building, which was constructed in 1949.

Many students at Bellisario College have already benefited from the Bellisarios donation in the form of scholarships, and Bellisario College announced its first faculty appointment following their donation last week.

Hardin provided an update on the project and shared the “flyover video” at the Bellisario College annual recognition dinner at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Last updated June 14, 2021