Silfen Study Center | University of Pennsylvania

Structural engineering services were provided for an addition to Williams Hall that houses a 24-hour study lounge.

Williams Hall was built by the University of Pennsylvania in 1972 and is one of the most heavily used undergraduate buildings on campus. As part of the Perelman Quadrangle project, Keast & Hood provided structural design for a one-story, steel-framed addition. The addition is built on an existing courtyard and needed compensatory framing beneath the plaza to support the added loads. A complicated, sloping roof on the triangular building required design of a wedge-shaped roof structure. Other features included the structuring of a new platform in the mechanical room to support a new air-handler, and the insertion of a three-stop elevator within the void formed by an existing communicating stair.

Structural engineering services were provided for an addition to Williams Hall that houses a 24-hour study lounge.

Williams Hall was built by the University of Pennsylvania in 1972 and is one of the most heavily used undergraduate buildings on campus. As part of the Perelman Quadrangle project, Keast & Hood provided structural design for a one-story, steel-framed addition. The addition is built on an existing courtyard and needed compensatory framing beneath the plaza to support the added loads. A complicated, sloping roof on the triangular building required design of a wedge-shaped roof structure. Other features included the structuring of a new platform in the mechanical room to support a new air-handler, and the insertion of a three-stop elevator within the void formed by an existing communicating stair.

CLIENT: Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc. (now VSBA, LLC)
LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA

TYPE: Academic, SERVICES: Addition, Renovation, Structural Intervention, MATERIALS: Concrete, Steel, SUSTAINABILITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Completed project photography © Matt Wargo

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