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
- 25 months of construction
- LEED® Silver certified
- 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.