Penn State University, Pattee Library - Collaboration Commons & Courtyard Infill

The Collaboration Commons & Courtyard Infill project located within the Pattee Library at Penn State University included a series of complex phased exterior and interior renovations totaling approximately 16,800 SF. 

The Collaboration Commons compliments another project our team designed on campus - The Tombros & McWhirter Knowledge Commons.

Award Winning: This ambitious project was recognized for excellent design, winning the 2020 IES Philadelphia Illumination Award Philadelphia Section Certificate of Merit. 

State College, PA

16,800 SF


Year / Status

Providing Students a new way to Gather

The Pattee library project builds upon what is the main hub where students gather, exchange ideas, and create their own learning environments in flexible spaces outfitted with ‘smart’ furniture that not only encourages, but facilitates collaboration.

The 11,250 SF Courtyard Infill Project successfully connects four floors of Pattee Library, enhances wayfinding, and creates a stunning interior atrium used by patrons, as well as the new, premier gathering space that can be used for range of reasons from various special events to everyday conversations. 

The new 2,000 SF Center for Immersive Experiences is conveniently accessed from the atrium space, and the entire Project continues to provide innovative learning spaces for individual or group study, along with informal student activities.

“The University Library has worked with WTW [an AE Works company] for over ten years in several major renovations, construction projects as well as numerous services in our University Park, The Paterno Library and The Pattee Library. At no time have I been disappointed. WTW Architects provide a timely response, understanding budgeting constraints, and always perform with the utmost professionalism. ”

- Kimlyn J. Patishnock, Senior Director of Administration and Financial Services, The Pennsylvania State University

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