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Overview

The Hetzel Union Building-Robeson Center, more commonly referred to as the "HUB," is the Penn State student union building. Centrally located on the University Park campus, the HUB was built in 1954 and serves as the main hub for Penn State student activities including assorted restaurants, a student radio station, billiards room, art galleries, book store, copy center, congregating areas, auditorium, performance areas, WKPS station, and a meeting place for a variety of organizations and clubs. The HUB was named after Ralph Dorn Hetzel, president of the University from 1927 to 1947.

Over the past sixty years, the HUB has been renovated three times: in 1975, 1981 and 1999. The most recent renovation includes several sustainable design features. It utilizes daylighting, the green building practice that incorporates south facing windows to make use of natural light, instead of artificial light. In 2008, Penn State's first hydration station was installed in the main lounge area, enabling students and visitors to refill their water bottles, which reduces disposal of plastic water bottles. Recycling and compost bins are available in centrally located areas. To reduce energy use, the HUB has transitioned from paper towels to the first "Green Spec" approved hand dryers. These XLERATORs provide a high velocity air stream that dries hands in 10-15 seconds using 80% less energy than a regular dryer. To improve the health of janitorial workers and the building occupants, only Green Seal approved chemicals are used to clean the building.

So whether you are looking to get involved or just want to check out its green features, the HUB has something for everyone!

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