Penn State Intercom......November 1, 2001

IST building to be
completed in late 2003

Ground was broken for the new Information Sciences and Technology Building on the University Park campus, as word came that the commonwealth has pledged $25.5 million toward the project.

The building will straddle U.S. Business Route 322 and bring together under one roof both IST and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The
$58.5 million project is expected to be completed in late 2003.

Announcement of the state's support came from Gov. Mark Schweiker in Harrisburg. "Penn State is recognized nationally for innovation in education. And now, with $25.5 million in state support, the University's information technology and computer science programs will also have a physical space worthy of national acclaim," Schweiker said.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Information Sciences and Technology Building took place Oct. 26. Offering remarks were Edward R. Hintz Jr., president of the Board of Trustees; Charles F. Gerhards, deputy secretary for information technology; David Reese, chairman of the IST Advisory Board; President Graham B. Spanier; Dean James B. Thomas; and Dean David N. Wormley.

Inspired by the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy, the design for this project is the product of a joint venture between Rafael Viñoly Architects, P.C., and Perfido Weiskopf Architects.

Through the core of the curving brick, glass and aluminum structure will be a walkway that will permit safe access between the west and central portions of the University Park campus. A two-story atrium will admit sunlight into the middle of the building.

To learn more about the Information Sciences and Technology Building, go to