Setting a high bar in project delivery on the Penn State (PSU) campus, PSU, DPR Construction, EYP Architecture, and the mechanical and electrical subcontractors entered into the schools first Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) contract to modernize the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building.
The 93,500-sq.-ft. project consisted of two major components:
- The modernization of the existing Charles Klauder building: built in 1938, the historic building needed major upgrades to meet safety and energy standards, as well as building needs.
- The demolition of a 1960’s addition to the building: In its place, the team constructed a new, replacement building, designed to match existing campus architecture.
Now complete, the Agricultural Engineering Building houses four multi-purpose classrooms, more than 30 comprehensive research and teaching labs, and several conference rooms and collaboration lounges. Agricultural engineering, with its diverse range of study, houses not only bio-chemistry laboratories, but machine shops, integrated hydrology-hydraulics laboratories and a new centralized fermentation laboratory.
With an energy efficient, open-concept design, the Agricultural Engineering Building is aiming to achieve LEED Silver certification through sustainable elements including a green roof, water conservation technology, renewable materials and use of natural light.