Thompson Professional Development Center
Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail 7
1914 Centennial 2014
Constructed in 1986
The Thompson Professional Development Center was the first on-campus facility designed and built by students, faculty, and staff as a testimonial to the quality of instruction in the College's construction-related programs.
The center hosts meetings, conferences, seminars, and social events. It features a dιcor that echoes the local environment. A native mountain stone fireplace and walls of rough sawn "boom wood" taken from the nearby Susquehanna River are among its attractions.
From the River
"Boom wood," featured in the center's interior, is salvaged crib lumber from the 1880s, an era when Williamsport was known as the lumbering capital of the world. Logs were sent down the nearby river for transport beyond the local region. Many lumber-related businesses were located on the site, taking advantage of the area's access to the river.
Today, the River Walk that follows the Susquehanna is a popular recreation area for students and the public.
Inside the Professional Development Center (PDC)
Mountain Laurel Room
John F. Thompson
[Marker timeline images, from left to right]
Railroad tracks that served factories along the former Susquehanna Street once ran through the center of campus in the vicinity of this facility.
The Mountain Laurel Room stone fireplace built by Robert A. Bamonte, '85, was a favorite feature of College President Robert L. Breuder.
Events ranging from press conferences and board meetings to college council gatherings and student presentations take place in the Professional Development Center.
[School's centennial timeline]
1914 - Williamsport Area School District Adult Education
1941 - Williamsport Technical Institute
1965 - Williamsport Area Community College
1989 - Pennsylvania College of Technology
Erected 2014 by Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Location. 41° 14.098′ N, 77° 1.564′ W. Marker is in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in Lycoming County. Marker and building are on the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus, along the pedestrian mall south
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Parkes Automotive Technology Center (a few steps from this marker); Lycoming Construction Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Le Jeune Chef (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Victorian House (about 400 feet away); Centennial Mosaic (about 400 feet away); Hager Lifelong Education Center (about 600 feet away); Field House (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsport.
Also see . . . Penn College History Trail. (Submitted on August 24, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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