Agricultural Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

State College, PA

STEM Higher Education Science & Technology


Penn State’s iconic campus features works of the renowned architect Charles Klauder, who designed more than a dozen of its early 20th century buildings. This project modernizes and enlarges Klauder's historic Agricultural Engineering building, adding new high-bay workshops and a variety of specialized, flexible labs - ranging from nano-scale wet labs to fermentation labs to fabrication and machine shops. Sustainable design features include high-efficiency air handling, a green roof, water conservation, daylighting, and prominent use of native Pennsylvania forestry products. 

We are working with Penn State, DPR Construction, Lighthouse Electric and MMC Mechanical Contractors as an integrated project delivery (IPD) team, to maximize efficiency and value for the client.  The reinvented building will support teaching and research in natural resources engineering and protection, sustainable agricultural business practices, advanced agricultural machinery, harvest safety and logistics, bioproducts, specialty crops systems, bioenergy, bionanotechnology, food processing, fermentation, bioremediation and biorenewables.

Building Facts

  • 15,000 GSF modernization
  • 85,000 GSF new
  • Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Energy Savings per Year Modeled vs ASHRAE 90.1

$74,008 Energy Cost Savings
23 % Percentage Cost Savings
424,984 kWh Energy Savings
25 % Percentage Energy Savings
Northeast facade

Foster Sustainable Innovation

The University established five key goals for the new facility.

  • Foster a collaborative innovation community
  • Create modern spaces complementing the historic fabric
  • Inspire and attract students by showcasing labs
  • Achieve sustainable, highly efficient building performance
  • Create a safe, secure work environment
Project Delivery Collaborative Space