Innovation Center Grows In School Library

Innovation Center Grows In School Library

The Andrew Carnegie Library on the campus of The Perkiomen School in Pennsburg

PENNSBURG PA – What The Perkiomen School describes as a “classic space” in the basement of the Andrew Carnegie Library on its Pennsburg campus will be transformed during the next six months into an innovation center intended to serve as the new home of the school’s Entrepreneur Institute, it announced on its website last Tuesday (July 12, 2016).

The school in April launched an entrepreneurship training program for students. It includes traditional classwork and a capstone project that Perkiomen expects will give them “the foundation to launch a business venture.” They’ll also receive an Entrepreneurship Certificate with their diploma upon graduation.

The library’s lower level currently is used for storage, according to the school. With the makeover it will house “presentation displays, a computer lab, a creation space, and meeting rooms,” the school reported. “The creation space will house computer-driven design tools to make projects move from the screen to reality. The computer lab will be the largest on campus and will provide students with design, coding, and development tools.”

The transformation represents a monumental change from the 1960s era, when the same space was rumored to have been used for wrestling practice, it added.

Perkiomen alumni Eric Kolbe got the ball rolling with an earlier plan to make the library building accessible, the school noted. His donation and a challenge prompted plans to install an elevator with ground-level entry, which in turn “sparked a conversation” about the basement and eventually converged with the institute’s need for work space.

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