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I The Behrend Beacon DATE: TIME: Come see the Community Center featuring the "NEW" Rental Office, and Fitness Center. Also, check out the new home of Hungry Howie's (now open). Located directly across the intersection from the Penn State Behrend College. Febraufry Random Acts Of ICindness Penn State Behrend's JanetAitif4' Sample Center for Civility :c the lookout good deeds this Faculty and staff will be handing out Bruno's coupons for any act of kindness witnessed on campus. Monday High: 39°F Low: 24°F Partly Sunny Wednesday 7.. 4.•. Wk. . High: 46°F Low: 33°F A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy. Interesting weather fact: According to NOAA, the largest 24 hour temperature drop in the U.S. was 100° in Browning, MT. The temperature fell from 44 0 to -56° on January 24-25, 1916. Weather forecast courtesy , of student meteorologist Mat Alto .:" . 7 .- larsday, February 12th Hun. 11:00 AM To 4:00 PM Laundromat Tuesday High: 42°F Low: 30°F Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. Thursday High: 41°F Low: 32°F Cloudy with a chance of CAMPUS NEWS ate@t'ames universit Dramatic changes to Reed, Dobbins continued from front page. the policing lot, so the new facil ities will be visible from outside the building. The next major revision com ing to campus is the renovation of Dobbins Hall. According to Penn State Behrend Housing and Food Services, conception for the project started in 2002. In 2005, the project was put on hold die to budget concerns, but was res urrected in 2007. "Our best case scenario would be having the facility completed and fully operational in the fall of 2010," said R. Randall Geering, Director of Housing and Food Services at Penn State Behrend "We will probably start construc tion sometime next school year and have it finished in the sum mer of 2010. Hopefully it will be ready the following school year." The project, which has a pro jected cost of about $7.5 million, hopes to add an elevator to the facility, as the steps to Dobbins have proven problematic for some. "When we got our estimate back, we were a million and a half dollars over-budget. All of a sudden we had to redesign once again." - R. Randall Geering "The steps to Dobbins are hor rible," says Geering. "In the orig inal design we had, the steps were EVERYONE WELCOME! roperties.com going to be eliminated complete ly. We had to pull back on that, but we are still planning on an elevator." "They envisioned a building as a welcome center for students com- ing into the University, and also a place for those who have left to come back Dr. Ken Miller Current plans will require stu dents to take two elevators to enter the cafeteria, the first of which will be on Aquarius drive which will transport up the first hill. At this point, students will have to walk to another elevator that will take them to the entrance of Dobbins. When the renovations are fin ished, the food stations inside Dobbins will be completely changed. According to Goering, there will be a new wok, a new salad bar with a toss station, a char broiler, a pasta area, and a home-style cooking area. The downstairs area of Dobbins is also changing. A hallway will be put in place with a conference room, training moms, and offices. Geering claims the project would have been completed soon er, if it weren't for the economy. "We picked the project back up in December of 2007 and planned Pizz Specia Snack (814) 899-5160 to." Free & Drawings! on going out to bid in November 2008," he said. "Right around August is when the bottom fell out of the economy. When we got our estimate back, we were a million and a half dollars over budget. All of a sudden we had to redesign once again." Now, financing is no longer an issue, according to Geering. "It looks like we're ready to go out to bid with this project, hopeful ly we'll know something within the next month or two," he said. "If we can get what we want, it will look pretty nice." In the near future, the University hopes to construct the Bob and Sally Metzger Weloome Center. "A few years ago, we approached a donor about helping us move admissions and financial aid to the upstairs of Reed," says Miller. "They envisioned a build ing as a welcome center for stu dents coming into the University, and also a place for those who have left to come back CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Major chows aie skied for Dobbins in 2010. Friday, February 6, 2009 Howie's to. That's where the Welcome Center came from." The project is currently out for bid, with construction tentatively beginning this summer. Future construction projects are currently in the planning stages, including a new fitness center and a new residence hall. "'The fitness center is still in the planning stages," Miller said. "My own feeling is that I would love to see a fitness facility added to the Reed Union Building." According to Miller, the University is taking students' concerns into serious considera tion, partly due to the recent stu dent facility fee survey which elicited 1,200 responses from the student body. "We're going through the num bers of the facility fee survey and are thing a data analysis on it," says Miller. "Once this is done, we'll post the results online and do an open forum about them. This will help guide the priori ties for the committee."