Architecture & Interior Design

Pennsylvania State University East Halls: Tener Hall

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 area at the University Park Campus of the Pennsylvania State University. The renovation of Tener Hall is part of the East Halls Phase 1C project. The 10 story, 75,000 SF Tower Hall is one of the largest renovated buildings within the East Halls housing area.

Project Team

Pennsylvania State University
Clayco Corp
Teaming Partners
Design Architect - Mackey Mitchell Architects
MEP Engineer - Barton Associates
Structural Engineer - Hope Furrer Associates
Landscape Architect - Lamar Johnson Collaborative (Formerly Forum Studio)
Civil Engineer - Sweetland Engineering
LEED Consultant: Energy & Environmental Solutions Inc.
Interior Design
Construction Administration
Completion Date
August 2019
Project Size
302 renovated beds
75,000 SF
Project Cost
$21 Million

Project Challenges and Outcomes


The goal of this transformational project is to renovate multiple existing 1966 residence halls, to create vibrant, modern residence life facilities for incoming Penn State freshman. The exterior design had to be uniform with the new and older residence halls. 


The newly renovated Tener Hall is ten stories with 302 beds. It has mainly double occupancy rooms with Resident Assistant single rooms, accessible rooms, and rooms for the hearing impaired. As with the other renovated and new buildings in East Halls, each floor will have single user bathrooms that have both a shower and toilet to allow for privacy and additional toilet only restrooms. Modern amenities on the main levels include various TV lounges and study spaces, community kitchen, laundry room, meeting room, knowledge station, music room, and a Resident Life Office.

The resulting space is a modern take on residence halls that can be used to attract students and enhance the student experience by providing up-to-date amenities.

Learn more about the entire East Halls Project.