Trippe Hall, a four-story, 251-bed residence hall, will open for fall semester 2018. Construction on the $28.4 million residence hall began in December 2016 after years of planning. The building will be located near Ohio Hall at the southwestern corner of campus.
The building will house both first-year and upper-level students, with most assigned to double-occupancy rooms. Each floor in Trippe Hall will have a large community room, with additional study lounges in each wing of the building. A fully equipped community kitchen will be accessible to all residents.
Continuing the Behrend tradition of naming student residences for ships or people connected to the Battle of Lake Erie, Trippe Hall is named for the one-gun sloop that fought a long-range duel with the British ships Lady Prevost and Little Belt.
Trippe Hall 3-D Video
Trippe Hall Construction Time Lapse Video
The Wet Core Design
Trippe Hall will also bring a new residence hall building concept to Penn State Behrend: the wet core. The design combines the efficiency and lower cost of the traditional hall double room layout but replaces the community bathroom on each wing with a wet core - multiple private rooms that each include a toilet and shower, all in the same area on the wing - that offers more privacy for residents.
Special Living Options
A portion of Trippe Hall will have a global focus. International students, students majoring in International Business or minoring in Transnational Perspectives, students who have studied or want to study abroad, or any student interested in a global-perspective living environment can join the Global Boarders community. Special programming and educational opportunities will be offered through the Black School of Business and its faculty members.