Penn State Mont Alto gets board approval for $13 million Allied Health building

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Board of Trustees recently named Hord Coplan Macht Inc. of Baltimore, as the architect for a new allied health building project on the Mont Alto campus.

The university said the move is an effort to provide state-of-the-art facilities and accommodate future growth in the signature nursing, physical therapist assistant and occupational therapy assistant (OTA) programs for which the Mont Alto campus is known.

The new $13 million building will provide an additional 21,000 square feet of instructional and office space and support the unique needs of the three programs, the university announced. The building will feature dedicated simulation laboratories and an ambulance port for the nursing program; a simulated living space for the OTA program; and enhanced clinical space and equipment for the PTA program.

HCM was selected because its experience in designing and constructing allied health buildings set it apart. Examples of its previous work include the Darlington Hall School of Nursing and Allied Health Building at Harford Community College and the Gail S. & Bruce E. Boyer Health Professions & Wellness Center at Washington Adventist University.

Design of the new building is expected to be concluded in May. Construction will start in July with expected occupancy in July 2021.