University of Pennsylvania Module 6 Utility Plant and Garage

Philadelphia, PA

The challenge for this project was to design a large industrial structure to fit into the center of Penn's dense urban campus.

Client
The University of Pennsylvania
Completion
1995
Size
300,000 Square Feet
Cost
$25 Million
Role
Architect
Description

Services began with studies of three sites within the academic core to accommodate the Mod 6 chillers. When two were rejected due to irreconcilable conflicts, attention focused on the prominent 38th and Walnut site, already suggested for a parking garage.

The 7-story facility includes spaces for 627 vehicles, storefront retail operations, a 9,500-ton chiller module and corresponding extension of the campus chilled water loop, and a 4,000-ton ice storage facility. Careful masonry detailing turned this industrial facility into a handsome addition to the university’s historic campus.

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