At 14-stories and 334,000 SF, the new and highly-flexible 3737 Science Center building accommodates clinical, laboratory research, and office programs. The prominent site—bounded by 38th Street to the west, and Filbert and Market Streets from the north and south—is linked to the existing 3711 Science Center and its associated parking structure.
The design required integrated solutions to provide the owner with a balance of first costs and its associated operating costs to achieve the efficiencies of any commercial, market-driven building in the area. Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, 3737 Science Center is also the first clinical building in Pennsylvania approved to utilize active chilled beam cooling technology. This system provides exceptional energy performance and indoor air quality, supplying 100% fresh air to occupants. The use of active chilled beams has been successful in reducing energy cost by de-coupling ventilation requirements from heating and cooling loads, as well as reducing the quantity of supply air in this building, resulting in equipment and duct tonnage savings. This approach also allowed the design team to reduce the floor-to-floor height of the building without impacting the ceiling heights within the occupied spaces, thus providing significant cost savings in the building envelope and structure. In addition to maximizing the long-term performance of the building, the cooling loads are further reduced by the inclusion of exterior solar shading devices, high-performance low emissivity glazing, and super-insulating walls. Tenant energy use will be sub-metered to ensure the building is being used and operated as it was designed.