Board of Trustees

Trustees notebook: Board to vote on building projects

Penn State’s board of trustees on Friday will consider several multi-million-dollar projects for work on the University Park campus and in the Centre Region.

The board’s finance committee Thursday recommended the approval of a $14.25 million renovation project to the university-owned building at 300 North Science Park Road in Ferguson Township, near the campus.

It would be the second phase of work at the building, which the university purchased in July 2013.

The top floor of the building was previously renovated, and in January, Information Technology Services staff and consultants began working there on LionPATH, the replacement for Penn State’s Integrated Student Information System, Penn State said in a statement.

The remaining floors will be renovated with building system upgrades, layout configuration changes, new finishes, cubicle fit-outs and furniture, the statement said.

After completion of the LionPATH project, projected for late 2016, the vacated space on the upper floor will be used to host staff for other enterprise projects, such as the upcoming Business Information System replacement, Penn State said.

The board will also consider approving $5.6 million worth of work at the University Park Airport and a $2 million renovation of the Lasch Football Building.

At the airport, the university will replace about 380 lights with new energy-efficient LED technology for about $1.2 million. The airport will also get a new asphalt general aviation apron and have several old hangers demolished. The cost of that project is pegged at $4.4 million.

At the Lasch building, the university plans to renovate the team meeting room and lobby.

Trustee emeritus

The board will consider Friday whether to name former members Samuel Hayes and Paul Suhey trustees emeritus.

The two didn’t serve long enough to automatically earn the distinction, but can be awarded the honor by the full board.

Trustee Anthony Lubrano asked that the governance committee delay the issue Thursday, saying he would prefer to tackle board reform first. Those talks could include whether there should be a trustee emeritus position at all, he said.

Board chairman Keith Masser said he supports keeping the position, which he called ambassadors for the university.

The matter passed through the committee with Lubrano and trustee Barbara Doran abstaining.