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will be a great step in the entire reshaping of the area,” Wheeland said at the grant

announcement, while Yaw wrote that “This transportation project will not only be

important to our regional economy and the safety of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians,

but also will improve the entrance to Lycoming College from the south. This project will be

a real boost to the City.”

Then, in early January, FCFP announced their board’s generous approval of a

$1 million strategic grant to invest in the collaboration along with the College, the

City of Williamsport, River Valley Transit and Lycoming County. This funding

is the latest in a series of FCFP gifts in support for the College, and follows on

the heels of a significant grant to purchase the digital technology necessary

to operate the Detwiler Planetarium in the Lynn Science Center.

“The Foundation is proud to support Lycoming College and

the City of Williamsport as they partner to revitalize a key

neighborhood in our community,” said Jennifer D. Wilson,

FCFP president and CEO. “The decision to make a

strategic grant of this magnitude is reflective

of our confidence in Lycoming’s leadership

and their commitment to creating a

seamless transition between campus

and downtown Williamsport —

a benefit to students, local

residents and the economic

vitality of the

region.”

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PROPOSED GATEWAY BUILDING

In Spring 2016, the College

contracted with BHDP Architecture

— the firm that designed the

Lynn Science Center — to provide

renderings for a potential gateway

building “on the knoll” between

Lamade Gymnasium and Skeath Hall

on the Upper Quad.

Working from the campus master

planning concepts developed in

2015 by Derck & Edson, their design

is informed by the major roadway

changes recommended by the City

of Williamsport’s recently completed

downtown traffic study.

The Academic-Georgian design

serves as a beacon atop a revitalized

and widened, pedestrian-friendly

Basin Street gateway, welcoming

visitors into a dynamic and inspiring

interior. It will activate the south

portion of campus, engaging the

community of Williamsport, as well

as the Lycoming College campus. The

concept nods to the familiar: a brick

façade with projecting quoin details,

and a consistent roof pitch adorned

with a signature Lycoming College

cupola, architectural hallmarks

present on campus since Old Main.

The expansive windows deliberately

make use of the southern river valley

vista, and allow for a bright and open

floor plan.

Four distinct areas of the College,

bound by their shared focus on

Lycoming’s future success, are

slated to relocate here: admissions

and enrollment management,

advancement and alumni relations,

the Center for Enhanced Academic

Experiences, and the Outdoor

Leadership and Education program.

It will house offices, meeting and

collaboration spaces, general

classrooms, a flexible multi-purpose

lecture hall, and a rock climbing wall.

Patrick Marty

The Foundation is proud to support Lycoming College and the City

of Williamsport as they partner to revitalize a key neighborhood in

our community

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Gateway building project view from Basin Street

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