The University of Pennsylvania broke ground in October of 2021 on the $136 million Amy Gutmann Hall in Philadelphia. Providing a centralized home for data science undergraduate and research programs, the 116,000-sf facility will enable the School of Engineering and Applied Science to collocate shared resources, making the tools and concepts of data analysis more accessible to the entire university community. Designed by executive architect Lake|Flato and KSS Architects, the six-story structure will offer teaching labs, active learning classrooms, collaboration spaces, a 200-seat auditorium, and a student commons. Three of the building's floors will accommodate research centers arranged in appropriately scaled neighborhoods that promote flexibility and connectivity. A data science hub will foster cross-disciplinary collaboration with researchers from across campus and the private sector, as well as providing a welcoming venue for gatherings and events. Illuminated by abundant natural light, the sustainably designed project will incorporate mass timber structural components that will reduce the facility’s carbon footprint by 52 percent relative to concrete and 41 percent relative to steel. Completion is expected in 2024.
Gilbane is providing preconstruction and construction services using a design-assist project delivery method to coordinate material sizing, detailing, erection logistics, and scheduling based on the mass timber manufacturer’s unique capabilities. By partnering with a mass timber vendor early, the project team will be able to clarify critical details during the design development and construction document process, particularly with the mechanical, electrical, lighting, plumbing, and fire protection systems.