Trustee Committee OKs $8M for Penn State Shenango Renovation

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A committee of the Penn State University Board of Trustees has advanced a proposal to fund the $8 million renovation of Penn State Shenango’s Forker Laboratory.

The project is expected to be completed by June. It will update the campus’ chemistry, physics and biology labs and add classrooms, student areas, a research lab and offices.

Roofing will also be replaced and restrooms will be renovated to improve accessibility.

“Forker Lab is at the heart of our campus, and this renovation will upgrade the building to match the high level that our faculty are already teaching at,” said campus director Jo Anne Carrick in a statement when work began. “This renovation allows us to offer more diverse STEM courses to Shenango Valley students. We want to create jobs and keep people employed in the city of Sharon.” 

The proposal for the renovations went before the full Board of Trustees Nov. 13. 

The project was a collaboration between Penn State Shenango’s administration, the Office of Physical Plant Commonwealth Service, BDHP Architecture and Jendoco Construction Corp.

Renovation work began in late July.

Pictured: A rendering of updates to Penn State Shenango’s Forker Laboratory.

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