The exterior of the addition was wrapped in limestone to match the existing building. A 110-foot-long atrium skylight ties the old building to the new. The interior structure was demolished and completely rebuilt in a new configuration, with all new infrastructure and systems.
- 105,000 square feet
- Material/ Computer labs
- 25 months of construction
- LEED® Registered
- Construction manager
Location: University Park, Pennsylvania
Owner: The Pennsylvania State University
Building information modeling (BIM) was utilized during preconstruction to assist with the MEP coordination process. It saved an 85-year-old tree that was to be removed to allow for new underground utilities. Once construction started, it was determined that the tree (planted when Steidle was first opened) had to be preserved. By working with Penn State arborists and utility engineers, the design team, electrical contractor, and in-house BIM personnel, were able to model a path for all the utilities and adjust construction activities to keep the beautiful tree.
“The team’s flexibility to adapt to change brought about by unforeseen conditions and program modifications was an invaluable asset on this project. They met every challenge with a solid can-do attitude and excelled in every category: project teamwork, design support and craftsmanship, innovation, safety, and most importantly, client service. It was a true team collaboration to create a facility of the highest quality.”
Dwayne Rush, Project Manager, The Pennsylvania State University