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Lewis Katz Building Civil Engineering Services

Environmentally sensitive site design contributes to LEED® certification.
  • Walkway and lawn leading to the new Lewis Katz law building - Gannett Fleming.

    Site designers transformed a massive parking lot into a park-like setting for the new 114,000-square-foot building.

  • Parking lot with cars in the foreground and trees and a building in the distance - Gannett Fleming.

    A pervious surface on the new parking lot reduces the amount of rainwater runoff generated by the site.

  • Intersections with traffic lights and the new law building in the background - Gannett Fleming.

    Engineers designed utility connections from the central plant that tunnel underneath a heavily traveled intersection.

  • Exterior of the east side of the law building with walkways and vegetation - Gannett Fleming.

    A raingarden aides in stormwater management and provides areas for outdoor study and relaxation.

  • Walkway leading to main entry with a series of tiered retaining walls, trees, and grass - Gannett Fleming.

    A series of tiered retaining walls along the building’s main entry contain drainage systems that redirect stormwater. 

  • An accelerated schedule minimized disruption during Lewis Katz Building construction - Gannett Fleming.

    Site and utility design efforts were accelerated to complete construction by the school’s scheduled opening.

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, Pennsylvania

Our Role
Civil/Site, Geotechnical

114,000 square feet
Construction Cost
$60 million
New Construction
2 years
  • New building brings innovation to Pennsylvania’s oldest law school
  • Green spaces introduce pervious surfaces to minimize runoff.

The Lewis Katz Building at The Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law offers a space for law students to study and learn at the commonwealth’s oldest law school. The new four-level building was built on 20 acres that previously held a massive parking lot, providing an opportunity to create green spaces where concrete once stood and aiding in stormwater management.

What We Did

In addition to providing an environmentally sensitive stormwater management program, Gannett Fleming provided erosion and sedimentation control, utility design, land development plans, permit services, and roadway redesign. Utility extensions from the central plant bring heating and cooling to the building, and all utilities tunnel under a heavily travelled roadway. A parking and circulation review made best use of traffic patterns. Construction phase services, including submittal reviews, responding to requests for information, attendance at biweekly construction meetings, site visits, and observation reports were also provided.

Key Features

  • Land development approvals gained from two municipalities
  • NPDES/erosion control approval from Centre County Conservation District.

Sustainability Features & Outcomes

  • LEED® Certified
  • All runoff directed to high infiltration areas, reducing rainwater runoff
  • Water quality devices in inlets improve water quality
  • Slowed the rate of the stormwater leaving the site and discharged the flow in a level spread out flow to promote infiltration, while reducing the risk of erosion.

Awards & Recognition

  • Certified LEED® rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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