Penn State Chemistry Building

State College, PA

The most ambitious teaching and research facilities ever at Penn State. – President of the University

Client
The Pennsylvania Department of General Services
Completion
2004
Size
177,500 Square Feet
Cost
$47 Million
Role
BLT/Payette Joint Venture Architects, Interior Designer
Description

This structure features five laboratory floors, a basement and penthouse area. The typical floor plan is zoned to support specific types of research with the east-west wing containing “wet” lab functions of biochemistry and synthetic chemistry research and the north-south Shortlidge wing, also referred to as the “stiff wing,” providing vibration isolation for the instrumentation lab functions.

The office zones are adjacent to, but separate from, the lab zone to provide flexibility and allow for future modifications to both the lab and lab support zones.

Common spaces, such as Mass Spectrometry labs and an 11-magnet NMR facility located in the basement are shared by the various research groups and located at the intersection of the two wings.

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