Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Carver Science Center

Under a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Capital Improvements Program, members of Burns’ structural engineering group provided structural engineering design and construction phase services for a new science building on the University’s main campus to replace an existing science building. Dedicated in September 2014, the new state-of-the-art Science Center was the first new academic building to be constructed on this historic campus in 30 years.

The new $23 million 40,000 SF building supports the academic and research efforts of the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences. The three-story building with partial basement consists of chemistry, biology, general science, physics mathematics and computer sciences laboratories, classrooms, seminar and lecture rooms, and faculty offices. The grade differential from one end of the building to the other is on the order of 10 feet allowing one side of the partial basement to be open for delivery access. The center also includes a separate greenhouse and a new planetarium with a prefabricated dome roof.

A mixture of structural systems were utilized to frame the building including reinforced concrete, precast concrete planks, load-bearing masonry walls, structural steel, steel joists, composite floor deck and steel roof deck. The building superstructure is supported on caissons with the basement floor slab and portions of the first floor slab constructed on grade.

A mechanical penthouse was constructed on the extensive green roof to house equipment for the building systems. The University is seeking LEED silver certification.

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Location: Cheyney, Pennsylvania
Higher Education
Client: Cheyney University

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