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Perkins Plaza dedication to be held Oct. 19

Perkins Plaza dedication on Oct 19
Perkins Plaza

Penn State Berks will hold a dedication ceremony for its recently constructed Perkins Plaza on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at 1 p.m. The event will begin with a brief program featuring remarks by Perkins family members, campus officials, and members of the architectural and construction firms. This event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

With construction completed in the summer of 2012, the Perkins Plaza honors the memory of Dr. Harold W. Perkins, the first campus CEO, and also provides a beautiful gathering place for students, faculty, staff, and community members.

According to Chief Operating Officer Kim Berry, the project includes a central paved plaza, a pergola, seating walls, a fountain sculpture, and a clock carillon–a longtime dream of Perkins. The existing asphalt walkways have been replaced with concrete walkways, which also address ADA issues. The existing lighting has been replaced with energy-efficient LED technology, and general landscaping has been added throughout the campus core to create a central green space to accommodate events. Together, these elements create a vibrant outdoor social gathering space.

The Plaza was designed by Derck & Edson Associates, LLP and construction was completed by Uhrig Construction, Inc.

Dr. Harold W. Perkins served as CEO of Penn State Berks from 1959-1984 and was instrumental in laying the foundation for the campus. He helped the school grow from its small beginnings in the Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute buildings to a new, expanded campus location, where the college stands today.

The Student Center was named in his honor shortly after he stepped down in 1984, and though he officially "retired," his passionate involvement with the campus never ended. He continued to serve in many capacities, most recently as the honorary chair of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, which he continued until his passing in October 2010.

For more information on the event or ways to contribute to the Perkins Plaza, contact the Office of Development at 610-396-6056.

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