Penn Highlands Community College Blair Campus at Logan Valley Mall

Blair Campus at the Logan Valley Mall
Penn Highlands Community College

5580 Goods Lane, Suite 700
Altoona, Pennsylvania 16602

completed:2018

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Building Area

Renovated:15,175 SF

McKissick Associates determined program feasibility and planning as well as architectural design for adaptation of a small on-site program delivery campus for Penn Highlands Community College within a large, regional shopping mall. The storefront campus houses over 18,000 SF of educational and student community space. An interconnecting stair provides internal access to both floors of teaching space and serves as an organizational core for socialization and collaboration spaces central to this location. The design takes advantage of the linear nature of the central mall circulation to present a long, glass front fa├žade (along the inside) allowing the student commons and study spaces to be highly visible. A color palette of deep teal, oranges, fresh greens and yellow were used to create a youthful and vibrant environment easily visible from the mall's main promenade, which was intended to serve as an appealing invitation for potential students. Furnishings were selected for flexibility, variety, and comfort. Lounges, club chairs and table groupings (of various heights) provide options for inclusive collaboration between groups (of all sizes) within the largest student lounge. A smaller lounge area with traditional computer counters allows for more focused study, where soft furnishings in non-social configurations provide ideal ambiance for individualized, concentrated study.

Penn Highlands Community College Blair Campus at Logan Valley Mall