Nanotech Center Raises the Curtain on Research
Despite the potential for intense energy demands from building systems, the team was able to design the center to meet LEED Gold certification. Heat-recovery systems were incorporated and equipment was adjusted to minimize air exchange at lower peak times. Other green-construction features include radiant flooring, extensive use of recycled materials, a stormwater retention system and two types of green roofs.
The center also features 18,000 sq feet of space for other shared facilities and general laboratories, a glass-enclosed galleria with views into the clean room, conference rooms and a forum for meetings.
Even the project's delivery method offered a challenge. During design, $25 million in public funds were made available for the project through the Pennsylvania Dept. of General Services.
Gilbane was contracted under a guaranteed-maximum-price contract. In order to use the public funds and abide by public-bidding rules, the team applied the state agency funding to a separate multi-prime contract for interior work.
Project of the Year - University of Pennsylvania Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology, Philadelphia, Pa.
Owner University of Pennsylvania
Lead Design Firm Weiss/Manfredi
Construction Manager Gilbane Building Co.
MEP/Lab Engineer M+W Group
Structural Engineer Severud Associates
Civil Engineer Stantec
Curtainwall National Glass & Metal
Mechanical A.T. Chadwick Co.
Electrical Hatzel & Buehler
Metal Panel/General Trades Wyatt
Fire Protection Oliver Fire Protection & Security
Plumbing Burns Mechanical