University of Pennsylvania Plans Vagelos Laboratory for Energy Science & Technology

Published 12-4-2020
  • University of Pennsylvania - Vagelos Laboratory for Energy Science & Technology
  • University of Pennsylvania - Vagelos Laboratory for Energy Science & Technology
  • University of Pennsylvania - Vagelos Laboratory for Energy Science & Technology

    Courtesy of Behnisch Architekten.

  • University of Pennsylvania - Vagelos Laboratory for Energy Science & Technology

    Courtesy of Behnisch Architekten.

The University of Pennsylvania is planning to build the $173 million Vagelos Laboratory for Energy Science & Technology in Philadelphia. Designed by Behnisch Architekten, the seven-story, 110,000-sf facility will enable investigators from the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to discover new solutions for energy generation, storage, and management. The highly flexible structure will provide collaboration spaces, offices, and research labs for optics and wet chemistry. Radiant heating and cooling systems will enhance the facility's energy performance, with sophisticated mechanical infrastructure supplying safe and appropriate airflows. An exterior façade with integrated shading devices will cut off solar angles to maximize natural light while minimizing glare. Construction is slated to begin in March of 2022 with completion expected in fall of 2024.

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