Penn State is clearing away the old to make way for the new at the Dickinson School of Law’s Carlisle campus.
The $50 million project to renovate and expand the 89-year-old Trickett Hall is on target for completion by December 2009, spokesperson Pam Knowlton said.
Crews have almost completed demolition of “the curtilage,” a collection of small brick buildings on South College Street that used to serve as faculty offices.
“Most of it is just clean-up,” said Knowlton, adding the brick is being ground up and recycled as fill under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design initiative.
Work has started on the demolition of the 1963 and 1978 additions to make room for construction of a one-story addition connecting a preserved Trickett Hall on South College Street with the boxy 1985 addition.
As demolition occurs, site work has started to prepare for the installation of utility lines, Knowlton said. Contractors hope by mid-April to pour the foundation footers of the new addition.
Crews have already gutted the interior of Trickett Hall down to its walls, removing the old paneling and fixtures, Knowlton said. The windows above the main entrance will be restored.
Trickett Hall will be renovated to house the H. Laddie Montague Jr. Law Library and a legislative hearing room, while the new Lewis Katz Hall will house three large classrooms, a courtyard, a commons area and a 200-seat courtroom/auditorium.
The new buildings should be ready for occupancy by early December 2009. Penn State plans to use that month to complete the move from the former Advantica building on the Carlisle Pike in Middlesex Township to the newly renovated and expanded Carlisle campus, where classes would resume in January 2010.
Meanwhile, construction continues on the University Park campus of Dickinson School of Law, which should be completed by December 2008, Knowlton said.