Pennsylvania State University Abington
New Academic Building
The new Academic Building provides a mix of general-purpose and specialty-purpose classrooms within a technology-rich, flexible environment that supports 21st century active learning.
The general-purpose Technology Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) classrooms are dynamic learning environments that accommodate anywhere from 24-40 students, with the ability to scale up to 70-seat capacity. These classrooms will allow for a variety of pedagogical methods such as small group learning, project-based learning and lectures.
Specialty-purpose classrooms include art studios for drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking, as well as a dark room and VR room to serve Psychological and Social Sciences research. A fabrication lab suite is separated into clean and dirty spaces and includes laser printers, 3D printers, computers, laser cutters, CNC machines and a wood workshop.
Woven throughout the building are informal collaboration spaces that promote interdisciplinary interaction between faculty and students.
With the building serving as the gateway at the western edge of campus, an exterior terrace and courtyard will be the destination social hub.
The sustainability goal is to achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification.
Programming, planning and design