The Vagelos Laboratory for Power Science and Expertise has acquired design approval from the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees. The brand new $173 million facility at 3200 Walnut Avenue will consolidate present and rising power analysis packages by offering 110,000 sq. ft of state-of-the-art laboratory house. The constructing is a key factor of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences’ strategic plan and the College’s dedication to advancing analysis in power and sustainability.
The mission has been made doable via presents totaling $70 million to the Faculty of Arts & Sciences from P. Roy Vagelos, a Penn alumnus, and his spouse, Diana T. Vagelos. This assist included a gift in 2019 of $50 million. An extra reward of $20 million earlier this 12 months has allowed the constructing’s design to increase from six to seven tales. The mission enlargement will present house to accommodate continued progress of the power analysis program and allow extra school hires sooner or later.
“We’re so grateful to Roy and Diana for his or her enduring assist of Penn’s groundbreaking analysis within the space of power analysis and sustainable power options,” stated Penn President Amy Gutmann. “Their large generosity and belief in Penn’s collaborative method, bringing Penn’s world-renowned bodily scientists and engineers collectively to unravel scientific and technological issues associated to different sources of power and power use and storage, is a testomony to Penn management and innovation in in search of a sustainable future.”
The ability will home the Vagelos Institute for Power Science and Expertise, bringing researchers from the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science collectively to unravel scientific and technological issues associated to power. It should even be a house for the Vagelos Built-in Program in Power Analysis (VIPER), an undergraduate twin diploma program run collectively by Arts & Sciences and Engineering. Steven J. Fluharty, dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience, stated the brand new Vagelos Laboratory for Power Science and Expertise aligns with a serious pillar of the Faculty’s strategic plan: Power, sustainability, and the atmosphere. “We’ve steadily constructed on investments in power science,” stated Fluharty, “together with school hiring and establishing the Vagelos Institute for Power Science and Expertise. As we speak we current a plan for a world-class facility, all this made doable via the continued generosity of Roy and Diana Vagelos.”
Fluharty additionally acknowledged the good partnership the Faculty of Arts & Sciences has with the Faculty of Engineering and Utilized Science. “Collectively,” stated Fluharty, “we’ll make sure that fundamental discoveries translate into impactful applied sciences.”
Designed by Behnisch Architekten, the Vagelos Laboratory for Power Science and Expertise consists of extremely purposeful, versatile, and environment friendly moist chemistry analysis labs and optics analysis labs serving researchers in each colleges. The ability additionally features a complement of collaborative areas and workplaces with a brand new landscaped courtyard linking the Walnut Avenue gateway and Shoemaker Inexperienced to the southwest.
“The mission reinforces the University of Pennsylvania’s place as one of many premier power analysis and know-how facilities within the nation,” stated Vijay Kumar, Nemirovsky Household Dean of Penn Engineering. “Further house within the Vagelos Laboratory is crucial to our potential to deal with a few of the most urgent issues impacting the environment.”
The design addresses secure and acceptable airflows and power environment friendly radiant heating and cooling programs. Further power environment friendly design parts embody japanese and western facades using shading units to chop off photo voltaic angles amplifying daylight and minimizing glare on the constructing. The western façade with distinctive triangular parts can also be angled to protect views of the Palestra to the south. The Palestra additionally serves because the southern border of the courtyard which is able to provide alternatives for recreation and gathering.
Anne Papageorge, vp of Facilities and Real Estate Services stated, “Mission Building is anticipated to start March 2022 and completion of the Vagelos Laboratory for Power Science and Expertise is anticipated in fall 2024.”