- The Pennsylvania State University & The Pennsylvania Department of General Services
- 339,000 Square Feet
- $85 Million
- BLT/Payette Joint Venture Architects, Interior Designer
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.