University of Pennsylvania

Working under a fast-track schedule, CICADA designed this multi-phased renovation to the University of Pennsylvania’s Business Services Office to better support teamwork and collaboration within the office. The design solution combined what was previously three separate office suites into a single suite with a common circulation core, supporting impromptu communication between staff in different departments. The project scope included reconfiguration of light fixture locations within the existing grid to reduce the number of fixtures while improving light quality; use of materials manufactured using high recycled content or rapidly renewable resources; introduction of glazing at interior partitions to maximize the penetration of daylight into the space; and retaining as much of the existing interior partitions as possible to reduce waste and keep project costs low.

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