Those in attendance grabbed different colored markers and signed the beam. Some people simply signed their names, while other indicated their support of Penn State and their graduation dates, either past or projected. The beam will be installed in the new building in the coming weeks.
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The 7,945-square-foot, two-story building incorporates an open-concept floor plan to provide flexible space that can accommodate smaller collaborative student group work, individual mentoring sessions, and formal classes or lectures, as well as large events and presentations. There will be space for students to meet and engage with members of the local business community, and office space for the director and others associated with the program. The design incorporates a large amount of glass to allow for plenty of natural light in the open spaces and breathtaking views.
The Graham Center for Innovation and Collaboration will provide space for current programming and growth in the future. It will be located prominently on campus to provide visibility to the center’s activities and convenient access for corporate partners.
The total project budget, including furniture, fixtures and equipment, is approximately $5 million, and is expected to be completed by late spring 2020, in time for the Penn State Board of Trustees meeting at the York campus in July.
Thanks to generous support from Donald Graham, York business leader and philanthropist; John and Maria Polli, local philanthropists; two local foundations, the Powder Mill Foundation and the J. William Warehime Foundation; and the University, the Graham Fellows Program will have a new home.