University of Pennsylvania Annenberg Public Policy Center

Philadelphia, PA
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The first phase of this project required excavation and installation of new chilled water, electric, telecommunications, and natural gas infrastructure at various locations, all while maintaining public access to the university walks and not affecting the existing operations of the surrounding facilities. To accommodate this work, extensive underground utility rerouting was required, including the installation of a new bus duct from the project site to other locations spread throughout the campus.

The second phase of the project involved the demolition of the existing structure and the construction of a new, four-story facility to house the primary research departments of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, featuring administration space and a state-of-the-art public forum. The Public Policy Center includes a 45-foot atrium decorated with an intricate skylight tube steel structure, broadcast studio, assembly space, administrative offices, conference space, and a green roof. The distinctive design features include full curtain wall glazed exterior with an interior system of high-end custom millwork and glazing, creating a functional perimeter cavity system to allow for efficient heating and cooling of the building. The 3-story, 45-foot high open atrium is surrounded by custom millwork paneling, maple hardwood flooring, open glass railed mezzanines, and an undulating plaster ceiling. The building basement houses a 13,200-volt substation which is used to distribute power to the Annenberg Center and to 13 additional buildings on campus.

Market Sector
University of Pennsylvania
Maki and Associates
51,286 SF
Completion Date
July 2009