The new Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (CBE) Building on Penn State’s University Park campus is a place where students will grow into engineers, educators and researchers who work collaboratively to develop solutions to urgent problems.
Centrally located at the crossroads of a major pedestrian circulation point, the six-story CBE and its site form a seamless relationship with the campus and will easily accommodate future growth.
The modern, contextual structure is designed as a glass-and-brick mass floating above a refined fieldstone veneer base that anchors the building to the landscape and connects it to Penn State’s established greenway. The north face of each lab floor plan extends incrementally, forming a feathering effect along the facade that breaks down the glass wall’s scale.
The CBE includes labs, classrooms, conference rooms, student common areas, the Dow Chemical Knowledge Commons collaborative student space, and a 150-person auditorium. Many teaching and research labs are placed along corridors with transparent glass walls that enable visitors to see the work happening inside.