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Chemical & Biomedical Engineering Building

State College, Pennsylvania | Building Automation & Controls

As one of the nation’s leading academies for engineering education, research, and service, the College of Engineering at Penn State University offers 14 undergraduate majors and 55 graduate degrees. With the goal of inspiring change and impacting the future, the College of Engineering serves over 12,000 students on 24 campuses.​


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Facing rapid department growth and increasing faculty and student demands, Penn State University decided to replace the aging Fenske Laboratory with a new, state-of-the-art building for the Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering departments.

By leveraging their relationships with local partners, understanding Penn State’s operational needs, and differentiating themselves from the incumbent vendor’s controls systems, Envise was awarded the building automation and controls installation for the new engineering building.

Envise tackled additional obstacles including the new facility’s remote location—far away from the Envise offices, many design challenges, and a demanding schedule with the support of Envise’s parent company, Southland Industries, and through deliberate communication and strategic planning.


Envise used a Target Value Design approach and vast knowledge of BACnet networks, mechanical design, and building automation to successfully provide comprehensive design-assist services and install a complete Delta Controls DDC-based building automation and control system.

During the engineering phase, direct communication with the engineer of record also enabled a reduced-cost, optimized solution for the client. Envise’s parent company, Southland Industries, also provided design-assist services for the building, recommending off-site prefabrication construction and the use of Lean tools. 

The new Chemical and Biomedical Engineering building includes expanded offices, specialized chemical engineering laboratories, wet labs, pressurized control spaces, and student collaboration and project-based education areas, offering a new, future-ready facility for students and faculty to thrive.