MONT ALTO (Sept. 17, 2019) — Plans are underway for a new $13 million allied health building at Penn State Mont Alto. The proposed facility will house the University’s nursing, physical therapist assistant and occupational therapy assistant programs.
Slated to break ground next June, the new building will provide an additional 22,000 square feet of instructional and office space to the campus. Occupancy is expected in July 2021.
The building will function as a central place for collaboration across allied health programs, said PSUMA Chief Academic Officer Michael Doncheski.
He said that collaboration is an important part of current health care trends.
The Penn State Board of Trustees approved the project Nov. 9, 2018 and later chose Hord Coplan Macht Inc. of Baltimore as its architect.
“This 21st-century facility will provide our students with the appropriate learning environment, knowledge, and skills to meet the complex, evolving healthcare needs of a diverse, aging population,” said Penn State Mont Alto Chancellor Francis K. Achampong.
The college considered three different sites on campus for the new center. The edge of the campus quad was the final choice.
Anne Miller, Penn State Mont Alto director of finance and business services, said that location had several advantages.
Miller is coordinating the project. She said it “further defines the quad space.” It also allows for future building expansion in that section of the campus, she said.
The location has no effect on existing arboretum trees, she said. It also requires minimal disruption to underground utility lines.
The building will feature simulation laboratories and an ambulance port for the nursing program. It also features simulated living space for occupational therapy assistant programs classes, enhanced clinical space and equipment for the physical therapist assistant program.