“Millennium Science Complex” in the Works

July 20, 2009 at 9:27 am 1 comment

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The construction site of the Millennium Science Complex at University Park. Click to see it full-size.

Last evening I took a quick drive up to campus to see if I could get some shots of the construction site for the Millennium Science Complex, which is being built in the space roughly between Eisenhower Auditorium and Pollock Road. Dave Shaffer ’77 of the Center for Performing Arts had posted on his Facebook page last week a panoramic shot he took from the top of the Eisenhower Parking Deck, and I wanted to see if I could get something similar.

Turns out you can’t really get to the top of the parking deck—at least not legally (uhhhhhh … Dave?). Some sort of construction has the access blocked off, so I had to shoot from the next-to-top deck. That, plus the fact that the sun was getting low in the sky, cast a bit of a shadow over the foreground of the photo. I’ll have to go back another time and try again.

What you see here isn’t a panoramic; it’s just an ultra-wide-angle shot. I did also take some photos for use in stitching together a panorama in Photoshop, and maybe we’ll run one of those in the magazine sometime. (If you’re interested in learning how to make panoramas in Photoshop, just Google “Photoshop photomerge”; it’s a fun and fairly easy technique.)

Just to orient you in this photo: Eisenhower Auditorium is behind you; the dorms you see just above the center of the photo are Pollock Halls; and that’s Mount Nittany in the distance, of course.

You can read more about the Millennium Science Complex at the link above, and also here. We really haven’t covered it in the magazine yet, and we probably should. It’s being designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, so it will probably be amazing. It’s scheduled for completion in 2011.

Tina Hay, editor

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  • 1. Millennium Science Complex Coming Along « The Penn Stater  |  November 1, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    […] how much progress has been made on the Millennium Science Complex, contrast the photo above with this one that I took in July (or this bigger version of that same shot). More dirt back then—more concrete […]

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