Penn State Gateway to the Sciences

State College, PA

"Penn State has a long and rich history of leadership in the sciences, and these new buildings and the collaboration they’ll foster will allow the university to graduate leaders in their fields." – President of the University.

Client
The Pennsylvania State University & The Pennsylvania Department of General Services
Completion
2004
Size
339,000 Square Feet
Cost
$85 Million
Role
BLT/Payette Joint Venture Architects, Interior Designer
Description

This commission includes two main campus buildings – Chemistry and Life Sciences.

The ensemble defines four site components: two courtyards, a piazza, and student meeting area named Shortlidge Mall. The two buildings are linked by an above grade connection entitled “Gateway to the Sciences,” enhancing the culture of interdisciplinary research with common meeting space for formal and informal gatherings.

On the interior, the Gateway is defined by a two story space that physically and philosophically joins the buildings. More specifically, it contains both the “Gateway Café” and an open, flexible space that can be configured for multiple meeting, social, scientific poster sessions, and Dean’s functions.

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