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Penn State Chemistry Research Building

New classroom and research facility supports world-class chemistry research at Pennsylvania’s largest university.
  • Penn State Chemistry Research Building Structural and Site Design-Gannett Fleming

    Classrooms, labs, offices, and common spaces provide students with first-class research facilities.

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, Pennsylvania

Our Role
Site/Civil, Geotechnical, Construction Management.

180,0000 square feet
Construction Cost
$63.5 million
New Construction
3 years
  • Floor vibration analysis resulted in solid foundation for highly sensitive chemistry lab equipment
  • Utility connections provide expansion for future growth of the campus.

The Pennsylvania State University’s Chemistry Building is home to highly sensitive laboratory equipment that could be impacted by vibrations within the building, resulting in inaccurate test results. To ensure that the lab equipment would rest on a stable foundation with minimal vibrations, Gannett Fleming conducted a floor vibration analysis and designed a structural steel frame to support composite concrete/metal deck floor slabs.

What We Did

In addition to the structural design, Gannett Fleming provided site utility design and relocation, stormwater drainage design, geotechnical design, topographic survey, and construction-phase services. With the facility’s stability a priority, and to reduce vibrations to the highly sensitive laboratory equipment, the structural system is composed of structural steel beams and columns that support composite concrete and metal deck floor slabs. Utilities connected to the facility include water, sanitary sewer, gas, steam, chilled-water, stormwater, electric, and telecommunications/data functions, all designed to serve the new facility and to provide expansion for future growth of the campus. In addition, our firm finalized the grading plans and prepared roadway and parking lot designs.

Key Features

  • Classrooms and offices support students and faculty research
  • Utilities designed with future expansion in mind.

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