Location: Philadelphia, PA

Architect: Gensler Architects

Square Footage: 20,000

Completion Date: 2013


University of Pennsylvania – Van Pelt Library

This was a very unique project for several reasons. First and foremost, the project was designed around a state of the art glass and steel pavilion that would be the center piece of the space.

To accomplish the new reading Pavilion the ceiling of the sixth floor needed to be elevated. A new section of roof was installed, then the existing roof was demolished from the inside. As this was happening the balconies had steel erected on them to enclose and extend the 6th floor laterally. Two new air handlers were also installed as well as a fire pump.