New building location

Building Location and Information


The new Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering facility will be built on the current location of Fenske Laboratory, located near the intersection of Shortlidge and Curtin roads.

Replacing Fenske Laboratory with a building on the same site that can hold both the chemical and biomedical engineering departments was determined to be a viable solution. It allows room for future growth, optimizes usage of the space and lays the foundation for strengthening the two departments. The two disciplines complement one another, and academic and research synergies will result through their co-location.

Building Features

  • 194,500 total square feet
  • New and expanded faculty, staff and administrative offices to accommodate department growth
  • Specialized engineering laboratories
  • Student collaboration space and project-based education
  • $150MM total cost: The College of Engineering must raise $10MM of these funds
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Additional Information



Designed to meet the needs of our students and faculty for decades to come, the new Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Building will reflect our deep commitment to excellence in engineering education and research, conveying to prospective students and faculty that Penn State is the best home for their work or study—the right place to bring their thirst for knowledge, their ideas and innovations, and their passion for teaching and learning engineering. That, in turn, will strengthen both departments and enhance their ability to have a positive impact on the world.

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-2574