artists rendering of west 1 and west 1 buildings

Engineering Master Plan Implementation

As part of a proposed decade-long initiative that will transform the Penn State College of Engineering and its facilities, construction is underway on a new research and teaching building near the western edge of the University Park campus. The building, currently known as West 2, will provide approximately 105,000 gross square feet to be used as flexible classrooms, multi-use design studios, “cornerstone to capstone” maker spaces, a high-bay research lab, faculty offices and research cores to benefit all College of Engineering disciplines.

West 2 Construction Progress

Future Construction

Construction of West 2 is one aspect of the college’s multi-phase Master Plan. Phase one of the plan also proposes construction of a second new building to the west of North Atherton Street, renovations to Sackett Building, and the demolition of Hammond Building along College Avenue and the Engineering Units behind Hammond.

“As we transform our footprint on campus, we will be even better equipped to recruit and retain the best faculty, researchers and students, allowing us to have a long-lasting impact as one of the best engineering colleges with strong educational programs and advanced research capabilities. These are more than buildings; they are opportunities for our faculty and students to impact society in a deeply meaningful way.”

—Justin Schwartz, Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering