“Imagine what this new building will help accomplish,” said Yaw Asamoah, dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “It is a place and space where students will grow. We are celebrating today what this building promises for our university. We are taking a step forward, showing we are agile and ready for positive change.”
“This is a magical place, where students and teachers will learn together,” noted Gian Pagnucci, chair of the English department. “This building has everything. It is designed to house the best thinking that the humanities has to offer. It’s all here for IUP students, today and tomorrow.”
These statements set the tone for the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s newest learning facility on January 22, 2016 – the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The state-of-the-art building is now home to seven departments and multiple centers, institutions and study areas. This building will see daily activity – every undergraduate IUP student will take required courses in this five-floor building, in addition to master’s- and doctorial-level studies.
We are proud to be part of advancing IUP’s vision for the future through this inspiring and vibrant building
– Bob Ward.
“Through departmental efficiencies, the placement of informal social spaces and robust technology, the new College of Humanities and Social Sciences building will enhance the collaborative learning experience both in and out of the classroom,” said Bob Ward, project principal. “We embrace President Michael Driscoll’s philosophy that, regardless of your academic career path, humanities and social sciences are the foundation for innovative and transformative future leaders. We hope all students at IUP, regardless of their major, benefit from this new building.”
The building features computer labs, casual seating/study areas, department-specific and multi-media classrooms with flexible seating, an auditorium and rooftop patio for events. Engineering and interior design complement the architecture, establishing and balancing function.
“CannonDesign is honored to be a partner with IUP, and the educational resources this building offers to the university community,” said Bradley Lukanic. “My aspirations for IUP, its students and faculty are that this center for learning aligns with IUP’s remarkable academic offerings, and that the learning happening here creates the next chapter on their campus.”
While the activities were overwhelming supported by professors and students, filling the first-floor to capacity during the grand opening ceremonies, there was an appropriate nod to the past. Glass windows previously located in Thomas Sutton Hall, a building formerly located where the new building stands, and in storage after the building was razed in the 1970s, were repaired and have prominent placement throughout the building – in first-floor lounge and in several departmental spaces. With the completion of this facility, significant and sentimental Leonard and Keith Halls will be razed for even further campus development.