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University of Pennsylvania Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology

Gilbane approached each budget estimate from a design-build perspective to advance assumptions for budgeting purposes beyond what was represented in the available documents at any given stage of the design.

Designed by Weiss/Manfedi, the 78,000 SF, L-shaped building has a curtainwall that features a 55-foot glass atrium which consists largely of low e-glass. Of course, UV light coming through the windows is not compatible with sensitive processes going on inside the 13,000 SF cleanroom space. Amber glazing which limits light access only where absolutely necessary, helped achieve design intent while allowing the cleanroom to be functional and visibly accessible to the general public.

The Center also has high-end build clean protocols, which means careful management of contamination and controlled access to the space – both of which are diametrically opposed to showing off the space to the public. Penn uses high-resolution LED screens to display scientific research in real time to visitors and passersby. These screens line the halls and allow for access even in the most highly contained research areas.

Exceeding Client Expectations

“Thanks a lot for keeping watch over the building these past few days. We really appreciate the extra effort that you all took in caring for the building and site. Because of your dedication and efforts through the days and nights of the storm, the building had little to no impact from Hurricane Sandy. It is hard to imagine that we could find a construction management team anywhere in Philadelphia as dedicated as you all have been through this storm. Please extend our thanks to everyone at Gilbane.”

– Christopher J. Kern, AIA,
Director, Design and Construction