The Millennium Science Complex on the campus of Penn State University in University Park, Penn., consists of two wings of specialized research facilities.
The two 154-foot-long wings cantilever into a dramatic “bridge” connecting the two parts of the L-shaped building.
The cantilever was formed using steel trusses supporting architectural precast concrete panels. The cantilevered panels, as with the rest of the façade, feature full-depth bricks along with half-bricks in a few areas. The panels are 22 feet long and vary in height from 8 to 12 feet. High Concrete provided the precast concrete components.
The mass of the concrete also helps dampen the structure-borne vibration, which was critical for the building’s specialized laboratories.
The bricks complement the “Penn State brick” used throughout the campus, consisting of a mixture of deep reddish bricks with intermittent “flash” bricks distinguished by a charcoal-burnt hue resulting from a longer firing process.