Building 661 at Navy Yard to Become EEB Hub Headquarters

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor The long-vacant Building 661 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard will become the new headquarters of the U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub for Energy-Efficient Buildings (EEB Hub), a federally funded organization launched in January 2011 by Pennsylvania State University and formerly known as the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient [...]

The long-vacant Building 661 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard will become the new headquarters of the U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub for Energy-Efficient Buildings (EEB Hub), a federally funded organization launched in January 2011 by Pennsylvania State University and formerly known as the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings (GPIC). EEB Hub’s dual mission is improving energy efficiency in buildings and promoting regional economic growth and job creation in the city’s 1,200-acre waterfront area.

A $30 million redevelopment project was awarded by Pennsylvania State University to a group of Balfour Beatty-owned companies which will fully renovate the existing building (a former gymnasium constructed in 1942 and vacant since 1996, when the Navy Yard activity ceased). According to a recently released statement, work at the permanent EEB Hub headquarters is scheduled to begin in December 2012 and it will take 12 months to complete.

Hill International was designated the facility’s project manager in fall 2011, while KieranTimberlake was appointed the project architect. Environmental Construction Services was selected to provide mechanical and plumbing services, and MC Dean was selected for electrical expertise.

Comprising 38,000 square feet, the new offices will include shared work areas, meeting and conference spaces, classrooms and lab spaces, all of which will serve as a regional model of integrated building design methods that result in reduced energy consumption. An additional 25,000-square-foot classroom facility—called the “Plus” building and valued at $25 million—will be created to support Pennsylvania State University’s education mission in the region.

Rendering courtesy of www.eebhub.org