At Pennsylvania State University’s new Millennium Science Complex, the exacting
requirements of modern research laboratories and the advanced scientific instruments used therein
led to a design that features floor framing heavier than usual and extremely rigorous vibration
control measures. To make the project even more challenging, the design
called for dramatic cantilevers and the presence of an open garden
space located directly above the most critical laboratories.
By Akbar Tamboli, P.E., F.ASCE,
Leonard M. Joseph, P.E., S.E.,
Kaushik Dutta, and
Umakant Vadnere, P.E.
SOMETIMES THE GRANDEST ARCHITECTURAL GESTURES derive from microscopic program requirements. When Pennsylvania State University conceived the Millennium Science Complex (MSC), the goals were clear and direct: gather together materials scien- tists from nearly 40 locations around the campus and provide a central location in a state- of-the-art research facility designed to foster interdepartmental collaboration by two of the university’s research institutes: the Materials Research Institute and the Huck Institutes of
 Civil Engineering SEPTEMBER 2012
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