Stanley Latta

Stanley E. Latta

Assistant Vice President at Penn State Limited

Location:
206 Engineering Unit A, University Park, Pennsylvania, United States

General Information

Experience

Director  - Unions and Student Activities

Student Facilities Fee  - The UPUA

Education

D.Ed  - 

Recent News  

Furthering our belief for a revamped Corner Pocket is long time PennState administrator, Dr. Stanley Latta, who in a series of meetings told us of a need for a revamped Corner Pocket.

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A senior principal at Pittsburgh-based WTW Architects, Knell co-authored a book with Stan Latta, director of unions and student activities at Penn State, to be published this month.Latta said."What Paul and I tried to do is anticipate what some good questions you need to ask so you get a product that meets your needs."Latta has been the unions and student activities director for nine years and worked at Penn State for 28 years.He stressed the importance of communicating with groups involved in the project and developing a guiding set of principles that won't be compromised, even if changes have to be made along the way."Having a set of guiding principles that will not be compromised helps in making those difficult design and construction decisions," Latta wrote in an e-mail.Knell and Latta met when WTW was hired in 1997 to renovate and expand Penn State's student union.A dated, dark and small building transformed into a 242,000-square-foot campus hub, Latta said."People were surprised how open, airy, well-lit and friendly this facility had become," he said.Knell "didn't use a cookie-cutter approach," Latta said.Latta said the inclusion of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center "as an architecturally distinct yet physically connected facility to the student union" is one of the design elements that has worked well.The "Union Street" main thoroughfare through the building helps with circulation, and lounge spaces and offices for student organizations have also worked well, Latta said.Despite all the space, when asked if he would change anything now, Latta said he would have pushed for additional, larger meeting rooms, student offices and storage room.More durable wall finishes and flooring also would help the facility handle the 35,000 to 40,000 visitors it gets on a typical fall or spring day, Latta said.Knell views student centers as small cities with entertainment districts, restaurants, shopping areas and main thoroughfares.More than half the 65 or so student centers WTW has designed have multiuse theaters for movies, concerts, debates and other performances."It's a real dynamic facility, and that's what makes it so intriguing," he said.At Penn State, Latta pointed out that "the HUB-Robeson Center is now a destination point on campus for students rather than a 'pass through' facility for students."

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