Panel of Speakers:
Allison Stawarz, Gilbane Building Company;Ric Taylor, Clarion University of PA;Kevin Wagstaff, Perfido Weiskopf + Goettel;
“From Historic Dormitory to 21st Century Student Success Center”
Clarion University’s ‘Becht Hall,’ one of the oldest buildings on campus, was originally constructed as a women’s dormitory and dining hall. Although a prominent building on campus, Becht Hall became no longer useful as a dormitory, systems were obsolete, and the University had concerns about the safety of its interior wood frame structure. This presentation examines how the building was reinterpreted as a Student Success Center. The presentation will include a review of the success center concept, and a review of the substantial reconstruction project, which saved only the exterior walls and installed a completely new interior structure.