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IUP held groundbreaking ceremonies yesterday for their new $30-million academic building.

The new building will be next to Stapleton Library between Clark and Sutton Halls.  The building will house the seven departments within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, including Journalism, History, Political Science and other subjects.

IUP President Dr. Michael Driscoll said in remarks yesterday that the building’s technological capabilities along with its open spaces for informal collaboration are perfect for the University’s future.  The building will feature 31 classrooms, 120 offices, a 250 seat auditorium, eight conference rooms, two collaborative classrooms, metrological study area, and several other amenities.  This year’s senior class will be a part of the new building, as their Senior Class Gift of $5000 is going towards the building’s new lobby and furnishings. 

Because of construction, there will be some blockages on campus.  Access to Sutton hall will be from the Oak Grove and East Porch only, as Grant Street will be closed from 11th to Pratt Drive.  A portion of Clark Hall’s parking lot will close as well, and South Drive from 11th to Sutton Circle will be closed as well.  Detour signs will be up to help both pedestrians and drivers.

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