The Vagelos Laboratory for Vitality Science and Know-how has acquired design approval from the College of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees. The brand new $173 million facility at 3200 Walnut Road will consolidate current and rising vitality analysis applications by offering 110,000 sq. ft of state-of-the-art laboratory area. The constructing is a key aspect of the College of Arts & Sciences’ strategic plan and the College’s dedication to advancing analysis in vitality and sustainability.
The venture has been made attainable via items totaling $70 million to the College of Arts & Sciences from P. Roy Vagelos, a Penn alumnus, and his spouse, Diana T. Vagelos. This assist included a 2019 reward of $50 million. A further reward of $20 million earlier this yr has allowed the constructing’s design to increase from six to seven tales. The venture growth will present area to accommodate continued progress of the vitality analysis program and allow further college 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 vitality analysis and sustainable vitality options,” mentioned Penn President Amy Gutmann. “Their super generosity and belief in Penn’s collaborative strategy, bringing Penn’s world-renowned bodily scientists and engineers collectively to resolve scientific and technological issues associated to various sources of vitality and vitality use and storage, is a testomony to Penn management and innovation in in search of a sustainable future.”
The power will home the Vagelos Institute for Vitality Science and Know-how, bringing researchers from the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Engineering and Utilized Science collectively to resolve scientific and technological issues associated to vitality. It’ll even be a house for the Vagelos Built-in Program in Vitality Analysis (VIPER), an undergraduate twin diploma program run collectively by Arts & Sciences and Engineering. Steven J. Fluharty, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of Psychology,
Pharmacology, and Neuroscience, mentioned the brand new Vagelos Laboratory for Vitality Science and Know-how aligns with a significant pillar of the College’s strategic plan: Vitality, sustainability, and the surroundings. “We’ve steadily constructed on investments in vitality science, together with college hiring and establishing the Vagelos Institute for Vitality Science and Know-how,” mentioned Dean Fluharty. “At present we current a plan for a world-class facility, all this made attainable via the continued generosity of Roy and Diana Vagelos.”
Dean Fluharty additionally acknowledged the partnership the College of Arts & Sciences has with the College of Engineering and Utilized Science. “Collectively, we’ll be certain that primary discoveries translate into impactful applied sciences,” mentioned Dean Fluharty.
Designed by Behnisch Architekten, the Vagelos Laboratory for Vitality Science and Know-how consists of extremely practical, versatile, and environment friendly moist chemistry analysis labs and optics analysis labs serving researchers in each faculties. The power additionally features a complement of collaborative areas and workplaces with a brand new landscaped courtyard linking the Walnut Road gateway and Shoemaker Inexperienced to the southwest.