JacobsWyper worked with the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) to improve the teaching and research capabilities of lab spaces at their Schuylkill Campus Classroom Building to support STEM learning and focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. The project includes a new organic chemistry lab, a general chemistry lab, and a radiological lab, with and adjoining classroom. Each of the labs received new equipment and instruments to best serve students, faculty, and researchers. The scope of the building renovation spanned across multiple additions to the Classroom Building, originally constructed in 1933, making coordination with existing condition during design and construction key to the project’s success.
The JacobsWyper project team, worked closely with faculty, project stakeholders, and Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant to align the project design and budget with the goals and needs of the project. The organic chemistry space includes multiple teaching fume hoods and research hoods. The general chemistry spaces are designed for twenty-four students in the classroom with local snorkel exhaust when required. Connecting the spaces is a chemical storage and prep room that features a pass-through fume hood which allows faculty to prep materials for classes on one side and for student to pick up the materials on the classroom side of the fume hood. The renovated radiological space includes instructional non-energized radiological equipment in a classroom setting and energized equipment in the lab to allow students to learn and practice imaging on simulated patients.