Millennium Science Complex at Penn State University - State College, Pennsylvania
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Quick Description: Millennium Science Complex on Penn State's University Park campus in State College, PA, houses two departments in perpendicular wings joined by 47-meter (154-foot) cantilevers that connect at the upper stories and shelter an open-air public plaza.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 7/11/2022 5:34:01 AM
Waymark Code: WM16E1J
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
Millennium Science Complex on Penn State's University Park campus in State College, Pennsylvania, houses two departments in perpendicular wings joined by 47-meter (154-foot) cantilevers that connect at the upper stories and shelter an open-air public plaza. The project earned LEED® Gold certification for its energy efficiency and environmentally responsible design and construction.
Project Description

Pennsylvania State University’s recently opened Millennium Science Complex (MSC) has received rave reviews for its cutting-edge design, state-of-the-art departmental integration and use of high-performance materials, including Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ SuperWall™ system and ClearStory™ sun shades. The project also has earned U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Gold certification for its energy efficiency and environmentally responsible design and construction.

Designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, the 275,600-square-foot MSC houses the University's premier research organizations: Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and Materials Research Institute. The $215 million building was completed in summer 2011, three years after general contractor Whiting-Turner first broke ground.

Initially planned as two separate buildings, architect Rafael Viñoly combined the projects into a single building early in the design process. The new complex consolidates engineering, chemistry, biology, physics and other disciplines that had been housed in 40 locations around Penn State’s central University Park campus.

The L-shaped building houses the research departments in two distinct perpendicular wings. The wings join together at the fourth floor to form the building’s architectural signature -- a striking cantilever that soars 150 feet in the air, stretching over the building’s main entrance and open-air, public plaza.

Along with defining a powerful aesthetic that already has become a campus icon, the overhead cantilever also is essential to the building’s structural design: It provides the support necessary for the complete acoustic and vibration isolation required by the state-of-the-art “quiet rooms” and nano-mechanical laboratories located directly beneath the public plaza.


Source: Architect Magazine and Heather West Public Relations (March 2013)

Building Address:
Pennsylvania State University
Pollock Road
State College, PA


Is it open to the general public?: no

When was it built? (Approximate if you must.): 7/1/2011

What is the name of this building?: Millennium Science Complex

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