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Seasonal Work Provides High-Profile Eyeful on Main Campus

Scaffolding rises above the ATHS, where skylight repairs have understandably affected access to the building.
Scaffolding rises above the ATHS, where skylight repairs have understandably affected access to the building.
Tethered to a lift and shod in suction cups, a worker diligently refurbishes the skylight's skeleton.
Tethered to a lift and shod in suction cups, a worker diligently refurbishes the skylight’s skeleton.
During renovations, Keystone Dining Room patrons are detoured to another entrance further up the mall.
During renovations, Keystone Dining Room patrons are detoured to another entrance further up the mall.
The red roof will remain, but a vastly new look – including glass panels etched with the college seal – will soon greet visitors to the LEC.
The red roof will remain, but a vastly new look – including glass panels etched with the college seal – will soon greet visitors to the LEC.
Penn College Proud? Say it with flowers!
Penn College Proud? Say it with flowers!

Summer: a time for relaxation, family vacations, baseball … and preparation for the start of another exciting academic year. Amid an assortment of activities, including the Connections orientation program and a variety of fun and educational camps, Penn College’s main campus has been dressed in yellow caution tape and blessed with green thumbs as fall nears. Working on deadline (and working around this season’s near-daily threat of thunderstorms) crews on two prominent projects are making conspicuous progress. Demolition work continues at the entrance to the Hager Lifelong Education Center, where renovation will extend handicapped accessibility and enlarge the patio space. The LEC improvements include two firsts, according to Andrew M. Richardson, General Services clerk of the works/construction manager: Natural stone veneer will be attractively featured on the exterior and a Snow and Ice Melt system will keep the ramps, stairs and patio safely dry in the winter. Wilk Contracting Inc., South Williamsport, is the general contractor for the project, and college GS staff have been trained to install the hydronic SIM system. To the south, at the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center, employees of the Wisconsin-based Super Sky Products are repairing leaks and other damage that has resulted from the misdirected channeling of rainwater off the atrium. Cleaning out old caulking and resealing the skylight has proved a painstaking task, requiring patience and – because workmen are scaling the steeply pitched roof – a decided degree of surefootedness. While the work has been apparent to those traveling the campus mall, visitors to the Field House area are getting another striking visual courtesy of GS horticulturalists. “PCT,” spelled out in floral glory, adorns the fence east of the basketball court.