Architecture & Interior Design

Pennsylvania State University East Halls

DLA+, with Clayco and Mackey Mitchell Architects (MMA), was selected as part of an exciting design-build team to dramatically transform East Halls, a large residence hall campus at The Pennsylvania State University.

Interesting Info

One of the largest residence hall construction projects undertaken by the University
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Clayco Corporation
Pennsylvania State University
Teaming Partners
Design Architect - Mackey Mitchell Architects
MEP Engineer - Barton Associates
Structural Engineer - Hope Furrer Associates
Landscape Architect - Forum Studio
Civil Engineer - Sweetland Engineering
Interior Design
Construction Administration
Completion Date
Phase 1 - Fall 2019
Project Size
​2,470 New & Renovated Beds
Project Cost
​$225 Million

Project Challenges and Outcomes


At a cost of approximately $225 million, the East Halls project will be one of the largest residence hall construction projects undertaken by the university. During Phase One of the project, East Halls will receive significant upgrades to surrounding outdoor spaces, construction of a two new residence halls - one with 336 beds and the other with 415 beds, and renovation of six existing halls, which were built in the 1960s. Construction for the final three residence halls is now underway.  

Ground breaking for Phase 1A of the project took place early 2016. Phase One will take place over three successive, 14-month construction periods and will be completed in the fall of 2019. At that time, there will be a total of 2,470 new and renovated beds at East Halls. Following the successful completion of Phase One, Clayco and the design-build team will begin to renovate the remaining eight existing buildings as part of Phase Two of the project, which will result in a total of 4,570 new and renovated beds. The project is envisioned as a comprehensive transformation of the student residential experience.