SmithGroupJJR University of Pennsylvania Neural and Behavioral Sciences Building

Seeking to create greater integration of the study of genes, the brain and behavior, the client desired to bring together psychology, biology and behavioral sciences programs into a common facility. The University hired the design firm to provide master planning, programming and design for this state-of-the-art integrated sciences building, which acts as an iconic center and connector for a newly-defined life sciences precinct.

By virtue of this site’s location at the convergence of vehicular and pedestrian approaches to the campus, the development was critical to the perception of the University. Rather than function as a barrier the building provides a transition between academic environment and the community.

The design also includes a below-grade auditorium with a green roof, creating a connection to a botanical garden, labs with controlled environments, and collaborative and circulation areas adjacent to luminous glass with an aluminum sunscreen providing light throughout the day.