Pennsylvania State University’s recently opened Millennium Science Complex (MSC) uses high-performance materials to achieve LEED Gold certification for its energy efficiency and environmentally responsible design and construction. The 275,600-square-foot MSC houses the University's premier research organizations: Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and Materials Research Institute. The $215 million building was completed in summer 2011, three years after general contractor Whiting-Turner first broke ground. Initially planned as two separate buildings, architect Rafael Viñoly, FAIA, combined the projects into a single building early in the design process. The new complex consolidates engineering, chemistry, biology, physics and other disciplines that had been housed in 40 locations around Penn State’s central University Park campus.
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