FRONT DOOR OF PSU WEST CAMPUS
The College of Engineering Master Plan establishes a vibrant West Campus precinct, transforming it into a campus district equal in quality to the best spaces on the adjacent University Park Campus. The Master Plan creates a singular vision for this precinct with the EDIB as the first of four new buildings. Collectively, these buildings, and the signature landscape environments they define, will accommodate a range of synergistic programs creating the opportunity to re-align research space into strategic thematic groupings and focus on the shared use of space to increase utilization at a scale that will change the culture of the College of Engineering for decades to come.
24/7 INNOVATION HUB
The EDIB embodies the honest expression of materiality and structure and nowhere is this more impactful than in the 11,000 SF open loft which functions as a maker hub for students and is available 24/7. The open loft offers a flexibility that allows occupants to transform the shop space based on teaching and project needs. End-grain wood flooring throughout the space is a nod to industrial making, provides warmth underfoot and sets off a series of colorful geodes, co-designed with current students, which define and enclose more intimate spaces for meeting, digital production and respite.
ENGINEERING AT ALL SCALES
Within the EDIB, nearly 10,000 SF of machine shops and advanced manufacturing labs offer immersive programs for faculty and students within the College of Engineering as well as the broader academic community. An 8,200 SF high bay space with two 20-ton gantry cranes and massive strong wall and strong floor supports an intense range of research and testing protocols. The glass jewel-box through which one enters the EDIB reveals, in section and through layered transparency, the diverse scales of engineering simultaneously at work throughout the building.
Photography (c) Warren Jagger Photography