Thursday, September 21, 2006

They had to destroy Dickinson for this??

State College law school to boast large library
By Linda Franz, Sentinel Reporter, September 16, 2006

Penn State Board of Trustees approved final plans Friday for a $60 million Dickinson School of Law building at University Park.

The structure will consist of three floors plus a lower level and a 113,000-square-foot building footprint north of Park Avenue on Bigler Road.

That’s a prominent location adjacent to the future arboretum and near the Business and Forest Resources buildings, said Gary Schultz, senior vice president for finance and business/treasurer of the university.

The first floor will include three 75-seat tiered classrooms, a 50-seat courtroom and a 250-seat auditorium.

Admissions, administrative support and a law clinic, where volunteers will offer pro bono legal services, also will be on the first floor, along with a cafe.

The library will take up about 50 percent of the building, with the main stacks on the third floor. The second floor will include a portion of the library, faculty offices, three 30-seat seminar rooms, a conference room, student services, law review offices and the dean’s and development suites.

More faculty offices will be on the third floor along with space for student organizations, a group study room and conference room.

A parking lot for 350 cars will serve the law school and buildings north of Services Road.

A portion of the site has been reserved for potential expansion or for a separate building.

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