For the past four months, several of the spaces in Iacocca Hall have been undergoing extensive renovations, in anticipation of the opening of the Iacocca Conference Center. The Wood Dining Room, Governor’s Suite, and Stabler Observation Tower have all been under construction since the end of June 2017.
Plans for the renovation began back in 2015 when consultants from Unique Venues came to campus to help our office conduct a feasibility study and business plan for the building. The final report included very specific recommendations for the renovation of Iacocca Hall including branding, facility upgrades, and marketing opportunities. Ewing Cole, a Philadelphia-based architecture and design firm was then hired to assist with the refresh and redesign project for the new Iacocca Conference Center.
EwingCole developed a “project vision” that included a cleaner and more consistent aesthetic, updated spaces, more durable and modern materials and a contemporary look and feel, the project managers say. The redesign allowed us to address lighting and acoustical issues, deteriorating materials, worn finishes, limited functionality of some spaces and outdated technology. Construction was managed by Kristine Dwyer in Facilities Services and Campus Planning and the work was completed by Boyle Construction of Allentown.
The first event in the newly renovated Wood Dining Room will be held on Friday, November 3rd, with numerous events to follow. The spaces in the ICC are ideal for all types of events – banquets, seminars, weddings, conferences, and celebratory events. Did you know that as a staff member, you are entitled to a 50% discount on the facility fee and a 50% discount on the Dining Services catering service charge if you host a private, celebratory event in the Iacocca Conference Center? Please contact the Conference Services Office at 610-758-5306 for additional information or if you are interested in booking a personal event.