Residence hall

When You're Here, You're Home

The time capsule is buried, and The Lions Gate residence hall is nearly complete. It's convenient to classes, shopping, and public transportation. Take a peek — there's still room for you to make it your home sweet home this fall.

By: Regina Broscius
About 400 Penn State Abington students will call The Lions Gate home.

The Lions Gate — a four-story $50 million complex — is located in the heart of the township so students can easily walk and bike to classes, stores, and restaurants. It's also convenient to public transportation. It features:

  • Four to six students per apartment-style unit, each equipped with a kitchen and private bathroom
  • Two live-in professional staff
  • 10 Resident Assistants (RAs)
  • Shuttle service between the residence hall and campus

The Lions Gate by the numbers:

  • 84,000 labor hours, so far, by carpenters, laborers, cement finishers, masons, iron workers, operating engineers, plumbers, steam and sprinkler fitters, and electricians. 
  • 3,100 linear feet of concrete footings
  • 28,200 square feet of slab concrete
  • 77 tons of reinforcement steel
  • 148,000 blocks
  • 289,700 bricks
  • 9,150 square feet of stone

The designers constructed mockups to select the exterior masonry, to finalize selection of all materials in the exterior wall, and to work thru any constructability issues. A mockup of an apartment is under way.

exterior Penn State Abington

A Good Neighbor

The residence hall is clad in stone and brick so it blends in with the nearby homes.

Image: Pamela Brobst

Features for living and learning

  • Activities and student leadership opportunities
  • Quiet study pods/lounges on each floor
  • Knowledge stations (areas for group projects outfitted with technology)
  • Seminar learning spaces
  • On-site laundry facility

Check out the webcam view of the construction.

About Penn State Abington

Penn State Abington, formerly the Ogontz campus, offers baccalaureate degrees in 18 majors at its suburban location just north of Philadelphia. Nearly half of our 4,000 students complete all four years at Abington, with opportunities in undergraduate research, the Schreyer honors program, NCAA Division III athletics, and more. The Lions Gate residence hall will open in August 2017.