Philadelphia University, College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce

Philadelphia, PA | 2012

The home of the new College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce brings together three previously scattered disciplines under one roof with a program that showcases Philadelphia University's integrated learning approach. Within its iconic form, teaching, studio, and prototyping spaces mesh seamlessly; creating a collaborative environment that combines analytical real-world problem-solving scenarios with hands-on studio-based learning. The center's signature space is the double-height forum, hosting informal gatherings and planned events. Circulation spaces throughout the building offer social spaces and opportunities to display project work. A perforated metal solar screen wraps the building, creating its signature form and mitigating the sun's rays while allowing views to the outside. The project is LEED Gold Certified.

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Overview of the College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce
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Shepley Bulfinch Team

Thomas Simister
Ming Yan
Jay Verspyck
Anthony Morra
Janette Blackburn
Megan McGovern
Tom Kearns
Anne Garrity



  • Illumination Award of Merit, 2014 Illuminating Engineering Society Awards
  • 2013

  • Award of Merit (Higher Education/Research), ENR MidAtlantic 2013

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