Design Review Board (DRB)

What is the DRB?
Members of the Design Review Board

  • Advise Borough Council on matters pertaining to design. 
  • Advocate for community sensitive design in new construction.
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for information and education on design.

The Board also works closely with the Planning Commission.

Meeting Time

The Board routinely meets twice each month


Please call the Planning Department with questions regarding the State College Borough Design Review Board at (814) 234-7109.


The Design Review Board consists of five residents of the Borough who are appointed by Borough Council for four-year terms. The current board members of the Design Review Board are as follows:
  • Eric Boeldt
  • Laird Jones
  • Michael Sanzotti
  • Richard Devon
  • Veronica Iacobazzo



Focus on Appearance Award
For excellence in design, aesthetics and/or safety enhancements to Borough properties. These projects go above and beyond basic renovations or construction project requirements by enhancing the overall quality of the Borough through various improvements:

  • Historic preservation,
  • Pedestrian and bicycle facility improvements,
  • Advanced design concepts,
  • Excellence in craftsmanship and materials,
  • Creative facades.

Past Recipients

Ingrid P. Holtzman Award  

The Ingrid P. Holtzman Award is given at the annual ABC dinner to an individual or organization that provides a quality design project to the community. The design project should meet a majority of the following guidelines:

  • Incorporates local artwork;
  • Provides a public space for community for events or is a charitable use (i.e. affordable housing);
  • Uses elegant building materials, innovated plantings, and sustainable products;
  • Blends neighborhoods and maintains the historic character of the property/or neighborhood;
  • Provides a nice site and has outstanding design features;
  • Is deemed a benchmark project;

Past Recipients

Preservation Resources

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