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Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center at Knowledge Park

Project Description

Built in Knowledge Park on the campus of Penn State Behrend, this project was a joint collaboration between GEDIC (Greater Erie Development Industrial Corporation) and Penn State Behrend. More than half of the 65,000 square foot building was built solely as a learning center with classrooms and engineering laboratories. Staff from Penn State Behrend’s Engineering Department also utilizes office and conference spaces. The remainder of the building is currently unoccupied with plans of adding a Tim Horton’s Café, and completing tenant spaces for other engineering based companies. 

The building site was 11 acres of woods and natural habitat providing for extensive site work and infrastructure work to first be completed before the building could be constructed. Additionally, the winter of 2014­–2015 posed significant challenges as the temperature and snowfall prohibited construction activities for several weeks. It took a tremendous amount of coordination to complete the project with an average of 50–75 tradesmen onsite every day from multiple divisions. This project was unique in its finishes such as bamboo millwork and doors as well as imported tile floors and wall finishes.

Highlights

Designed by Bostwick Design Partnership, the building boasts:

  • High curtain walls
  • Sloped glazing systems
  • Exterior screen wall designs
  • Monumental interior stair design
  • Bamboo millwork
  • Artwork from local artists

Started

July 2014

Completed

March 2016

Location

5530 Technology Dr. Knowledge Park Erie, PA 16510

Classification(s):

Commercial
Education

"The entire staff from CBC and the sub-contractors did a great job, especially during the harsh winter weather and the hot humid days of summer. As a general contractor, Dennis is exemplary at his job and conducts himself in a manner that I haven’t seen in most of my career — just outstanding work and control of everything."
— Joe Terrill, Glowacki Real Estate Management