Penn State
Penn State Intramural Building Renovation / University ParkPA
How can you spark a renewed interest in intramural sports on campus?

As part of an overall strategy to meet increasing student demand for fitness and recreation facilities, Penn State University initiated a multi-phase renovation of their Intramural Building at University Park. The project sparked a renewed interest in intramural sports with more than 18,000 students participating across the Big Ten campus.

Completed over three phases, the project created a striking entrance and two-level fitness center, multipurpose rooms, and lounge area. Improvements to the building’s north side added recreational courts, upgraded locker rooms, and extended the running track. The integrated delivery model enhanced coordination and ultimately reduced project costs allowing the University to renovate several spaces that weren’t originally programmed. The final phase of the project added a climbing wall, indoor turf field, wellness promotion area and supplementary multipurpose rooms. Additionally, Mortenson was able to return savings to fund other ongoing projects on campus.

Amidst an active facility with hundreds of students passing through, the team developed an effective disruption avoidance plan, held frequent meetings with facilities staff, and promptly responded to evolving circumstances. Faced with harsh winter conditions, the team persisted, staying on schedule during key project milestones.

Facts And Figures

The Pennsylvania State University

Phase 1: Completed March 2014

Phase 2: Completed June 2015

Phase 3: Completed January 2018


229,000 SF

Delivery Methods

Construction Manager at Risk

The Team



Learning By Design 2015 Honorable Mention