On Monday evening, the State College Area school board voted to grant permission to begin the design process for Phase 3 of the continuing renovations at Panorama Village.
The administrative building already houses various support services and district program offices and Phase 3 design goals would include offices for the superintendent and assistant superintendents as well as the human resources, communications and business departments.
In addition to office space, the potential need for additional bathrooms, storage and parking would also be considered during planning. The project would likely be bid in the spring and permits and approvals pending, a completion date could potentially fall between December 2016 and August 2017.
This would allow for remaining office functions at the 131 W. Nittany Ave. building to be relocated to Panorama Village.
Earlier in the evening, the board had reviewed a resolution about the future of the Central Office building presented by the district administration with the support of the board subcommittee of facilities and grounds. The resolution recommended the removal of the building based in part on a structural analysis that revealed that code upgrades to the building would be cost prohibitive.
The resolution put forward several possibilities for the future of the building, including demolition or the offering of the building to the borough of State College or a charitable organization.
A draft request for proposal for the Memorial Field project was also brought forward for review. The proposed RFP outlined the steps that any renovation plan would incorporate, including meetings with borough staff and elected officials as needed and at least two community meetings to gather feedback.