The Pennsylvania State University | Greenberg Complex
Higher Education Research/Laboratory



The Pennsylvania State University | University Park, PA

Greenberg Complex

42,000 sq. ft. | $9.8 million | August 2015

Barton Education provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and telecommunication engineering services for the conversion of the former Greenberg Ice Arena into a laboratory and office space. This project included a complete renovation of the existing MEP infrastructure to support wet chemistry labs that were designed to be flexible for multiple uses. The laboratory portion of the project is intended to act as teaching and research swing space as the University is renovating numerous laboratories buildings on campus as part of their capital plan. The flexibility of the lab space was designed to accommodate laboratory uses such as instructional chemistry for undergraduate education, specific research laboratories for Chemical Engineering faculty and Principal Investigators, and future laboratory research functions for the Department of Earth and Mineral Sciences. In addition to the research and laboratory areas, office space for faculty, graduate assistants and support spaces were designed. Scope included replacement of the electrical service, telecommunication infrastructure, lighting, power distribution, fire alarm, fire protection (the building was previously not sprinklered), and plumbing systems including sanitary, laboratory gases and DI water. The laboratory has a dedicated 100% outdoor air ventilation and exhaust system that utilizes heat recovery technologies that minimize cross contamination and conserve energy. The building will be equipped with a building automation system that will monitor the laboratories and office areas. The scope also included a new air-cooled chiller as campus chilled water is currently not available to the project site. This project was completed over several different phases to accommodate the various needs of the academic units that were affected by the various construction projects that were impacting the campus. Phasing of construction and occupancy to keep research projects active was key to this projects success.


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