The committee approves the final plans for the creation of the Bellisario Media Center
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa .– On September 12, the Penn State Board of Trustees Finance, Business, and Capital Planning Committee recommended final approval of the plan and the spending of funds for the completion of the center of media Donald P. Bellisario on the University Park campus. The project will be presented to the entire board for a vote on Friday, September 13.
Construction on the project that will transform the oldest part of the Willard Building, built in 1949, into the Bellisario Media Center began in December 2018. The project will affect all four floors of the building and the completed facility, comprising over 60,000 square feet. . , will be a hub for student media at the University.
Along with the Carnegie Building, the media center will house the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. The facility will benefit students – working in agency and corporate environments, film, journalism, television and more – in every Bellisario College major for years to come.
“The Bellisario Media Center will inspire students to perform at their best during their time at Penn State, and it will prepare them to thrive in the types of media environments they will enter as professionals,” said the Dean Marie Hardin. “The center will be, without a doubt, the most exciting place on campus for Penn State communication students and faculty. It will be a vital resource as we prepare the next generation of great digital storytellers. “
An open design to encourage collaboration and creativity highlights the facility’s floor plans. The media center will begin hosting courses as well as media operations from Bellisario College and students during the 2020-21 academic year.
The state-of-the-art facility will house state-of-the-art television studios, radio broadcast studios, Bellisario College’s growing digital media agency, student media operations, space for film creation and of videos, small group collaboration spaces and faculty desks. . A studio suite for the University’s Strategic Communications Office will also be created.
This project will consolidate the spaces at Bellisario College, including the Media Effects Research Laboratory, currently located in several locations on campus. Editorial operations for the Daily Collegian will be moved to the media center, along with some faculty offices and workstations at the College of the Liberal Arts.
Site works include an improved entrance to Pollock Road with accessibility improvements. The buildings’ aging utility systems will also be replaced. The support of the board of directors for the realization of the projects amounts to 48 million dollars.
The media center is part of the transformative donation to Penn State by distinguished alumnus Donald P. Bellisario and his wife, Vivienne, in 2017. Their donation provided significant faculty and programming support and nearly doubled the scholarship amount available to Penn State communication students. .
The board of directors approved Studios Architecture of Washington, DC, as the architect for the project in September 2017.