Penn State School of Forest Resources Building

State College, PA

The Forest Resources building brings together for the first time three professional programs under one green roof.

Client
The Pennsylvania State University
Completion
2006
Size
96,000 Square Feet
Cost
$22 Million
Role
Architect, Interior Designer
LEED Status
LEED Gold
Description

This strategically planned expansion of the School of Forest Resources meets the demand of a future ten years and includes state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories. A central celebratory atrium serves as the primary venue for informal meetings among students, faculty, and staff.

The building was the first lab building and second project overall at Penn State to achieve LEED Silver certification for sustainable design. Green features include a green roof which is monitored by researchers of the University.

An extensive application of Pennsylvania hardwoods was utilized in the project and designed four red maple laminated beams requiring more than 10,000 board feet (3,000+ meters) of material as the primary roof supports.

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