SFU @ The Curry Innovation Center

Strategic Space Supporting Innovation

Saint Francis University at The Curry Innovation Center

SFU's new presence in the Curry Innovation Center in downtown Altoona, Pa. is intentionally designed to bring together entrepreneurial, progressive leaders who thrive on the ability to think limitlessly and identify solutions that ultimately deliver real-world, real-time outcomes.

The first floor of the new center is home to:

Inside the space, strategic business and educational collaborations are at work to produce solutions that will impact everything from workforce readiness and STEM literacy to improving advanced manufacturing processes for regional businesses.

Rooms Available to Rent

Three of our rooms at the Curry Innovation Center are available to rent as meeting spaces for educational workshops, lectures, and business development initiatives. Each room can handle a variety of setups and is fully equipped with the latest technology!


Executive meeting spaces designed to meet professional development, workforce education, and industry-specific meetings.



Classroom (Dividable):

  • (4) 65” displays
  • Touch panel for display options
  • Wireless devise connection to all displays
  • HDMI hard wire connection to all displays
  • Document camera
  • Video conferencing capabilities
  • Whiteboards

Innovation Lab:

  • (2) 65” displays
  • Touch panel for display options
  • Wireless devise connection to all displays
  • HDMI hard wire connection to all displays
  • Ceiling mounted document camera
  • Video conferencing capabilities
  • Portable Whiteboards

Multifunction Room (Dividable):

  • (2) 65” displays
  • Touch panel for display options
  • Wireless devise connection to all displays
  • HDMI hard wire connection to all displays
  • Document camera
  • Video conferencing capabilities
  • Whiteboards

Rental Testimonials 

Brittany Mayer, Blair County Chamber of Commerce 

"It is a beautiful building with advanced technological features that can be used for any occasion. We had a Leadership Blair County Session there, and it had plenty of room for the class and committee members. I would recommend it for any type of event."

Colleen Devorris, Brand Demon 

"The space is perfect for business sessions: good technology, great layout, flexibility to meet many needs, modern and uplifting. Overall, you knocked it out of the ballpark! Can't think of a single area for improvement."

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Research: Transforming Tomorrow

The hallmark of a Saint Francis University education includes experiential learning to engage, retain and propel students to successful careers.  The SFU Curry Innovation Center provides key opportunities for SFU students.


Current Research Projects

Lube Tank Mechanical and Hydrodynamics Study

In partnership with Curry Supply, the study expects to identify and establish the relationship between hydrodynamic 'sloshing' and large tube storage tanks' structural integrity and safety requirements.

Comprehensive Productivity Dashboard of Curry Fluid Power

In partnership with Curry, the data gathered from the dashboard will guide data-informed inventory goals, monitor progress, and improve inventory management.

Levity Brewing & SFU Chemistry Fermentation Product Development

In partnership with Levity Brewing, students will gain experience with the fermentation of beer, wine, cheese, etc. They will research the impact of high altitude on grape growing.

Meeting Tomorrow's Workforce Needs

The Curry Innovation Center partnership with Saint Francis signals a commitment to our region to meet the workforce needs of tomorrow through innovative educational programs.


This new facility is now home to the Francis Worldwide School of Continuing Studies. The mission of Francis Worldwide is to offer career-focused, flexible online and on-site SFU programs tailored to adult students preparing for careers in business, technology, education, healthcare, or social service fields.

Featured Program:

Executive Doctorate of Education in Innovation and Organizational Leadership 

This new online research-based doctorate is an entrepreneurial and transformative 32-month program for confident leaders who are inspired to drive future innovation, using servant leadership as a framework for doing so.  The format offers fully online courses with an extended weekend residency requirement each semester (8 total residencies in the Curry Innovation Center).


Historic Setting

The Saint Francis University Curry Innovation Center is located on the first floor of the former Vipond Appliance Store building, a facility beautifully rejuvenated by CurrySupply Holdings.
Located in Altoona’s historic district on the 1400 block of 11th Avenue, the building is designated as part of the City of Altoona/Logan Township Enterprise Zone.

The building was constructed as the first Sears Roebuck & Company and JC Penney’s stores in the city's commercial corridor. This section of Altoona is experiencing an economic renaissance.


Historic Buildings


Address & Directions 

Address: 1425 11th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601


Contact Us

For questions on the activities within the center, contact us at: curryinnovationcenter@francis.edu


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Event & Facility Site Manager 

Ms. Tabor Schilling




Upcoming Events at Curry



News from the Curry Center


SFU's Rural Education Alliance for Leadership Institute Hosts National Expert

University Communications & Marketing | 11/29/2023
Saint Francis University's Rural Education Alliance for Leadership (REAL) Institute invited Dr. Richard Ingersoll, a leading national expert on America’s elementary and secondary teaching force, to address a crowd more than 70 educational leaders on Nov. 16, 2023.

SFU one of 50 emerging research institutions to receive NSF funding

Marie Young, University Communications & Marketing | 10/10/2023
The U.S. National Science Foundation announced a $399,727 award to Saint Francis University as part of its first-ever Enabling Partnerships to Increase Innovation Capacity (EPIIC) grant program. The agency is investing $19.6 million to help nearly 50 emerging research institutions grow their capacity to participate in and drive regional innovation.

Leadership Development Series 2023

University Communications & Marketing | 09/28/2023
Altoona workshop series set for business leaders and managers Saint Francis University Shields School of Business & The Francis in the Marketplace Employee Training and Development Institute present the Fall 2023/Winter 2024 Leadership Development Series.   The series consists of four high energy leadership workshops aimed at fueling employee engagement, unleashing workplace productivity, and enabling organizations to attract and retain the best employees. Sessions are open to all managers and leaders who wish to create a more productive and meaningful workplace.  Fall 2023/Winter 2024