Penn State University Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building State College, Pennsylvania, USA
The design unites two previously separate
between laboratory floors, creating
Flexible zones feature architectural and
departments in a collaborative environment
opportunities for quiet collaboration spaces
mechanical systems that can be converted
that creates academic and research synergies.
away from the research environment.
from wet lab space to computational labs or
Centrally located at the crossroads of a
The north face of each lab floor plan extends
major campus pedestrian circulation point,
incrementally, forming a feathering effect
The facility will strengthen Penn State’s
the six-story building and its site form a
along the facade that breaks down the
research alliances with other university
seamless relationship with the campus and will
glass wall’s scale and connects the space to
organizations including the Eberly College
accommodate future growth.
of Science, the Hershey College of Medicine,
The modern, contextual structure is designed
Thirteen research neighborhoods promote
Materials Research Institute and the Institute
as a glass-and-brick mass floating above a
collaboration while communicating “science
refined fieldstone veneer base that anchors
on display.” Open research labs and lab suites
the building to the landscape and connects
support research clusters and resource
it to the university’s established greenway.
sharing, and a specialty lab accommodates
“The Prow”—a cantilevered extension to the
low-vibration biomedical and chemical
L-shaped floor plan that resembles a ship’s
engineering research. A 174-seat, tiered
bow cutting through the water—serves as
multi-department lecture hall is located on the
an iconic beacon framing the center’s entry.
lower level to provide direct access from the
The Prow strengthens the vertical circulation
office areas with minimal time, effort or cost.
the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the
◄ shortlidge road entrance
2016 design annual
195,000 sq. ft. / 18,115 sq. m.