Naming Opportunities

Supporting Energy Science at Penn

A range of opportunities are available to support the completion of the Vagelos Laboratory for Energy Science and Technology, and ensure the future of energy research at Penn.

Levels: Courtyard  |  one  |  three  |  four  |  five  |  six

Courtyard Level

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1. Courtyard – $2 Million

An inviting space that will be bounded by the Palestra, David Rittenhouse Laboratory, and the new VLEST. The Courtyard will provide an outdoor space suitable for informal gathering and add to the network of green spaces that enrich the Penn campus.

2. Write-Up Room – $250,000

These spaces are a complement to laboratories and allow research staff and graduate students to easily record results while moving back and forth to, and maintaining visual contact with, the laboratory. Along with co-location of faculty offices next to labs, this completes the range of spaces that researchers require.

3. Lab – $1 Million

VLEST is designed around flexible, state-of-the-art laboratory spaces that provide the infrastructure needed to advance the ground-breaking research being pursued by our faculty. In addition to one fully outfitted high-performance lab, the Courtyard Level includes a 2,000-square-foot space that will be configured either as a single large lab or two 1,000-square-foot labs, to accommodate the needs of future faculty hires.

Level One

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1. Administrative Suite – $1 Million

The new VLEST will facilitate connections among Penn’s entire community of energy scientists by providing a home for Penn’s center dedicated to advancing sustainable energy, the Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology. In addition, by housing the dual-degree Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research, VLEST will encourage connection between undergraduates and faculty engaged in energy science.

2. Forum  – $2 Million

VLEST’s main conference and public event space, which faces directly onto Walnut Street, can be configured for activities ranging from poster sessions and research discussions to student and community events. Movable glass walls allow events to overflow into the adjacent lobby to accommodate a range of audience sizes.

3. Wellness Room – $50,000

A room that will support accessibility and wellness for students, faculty, and staff by providing space for meditation, breastfeeding, and other uses requiring privacy.

4. Lobby – $2 Million

Color and light are major elements of the Vagelos Laboratory’s design and are used strategically throughout the building, and this is particularly notable in the Walnut Street lobby. As the main entrance to the building, this Lobby immediately communicates the facility’s inviting, energized, and stimulating character and connects directly to public events and student gatherings in the conference rooms and adjoining spaces 

5. Plaza & Walkway – $2 Million

The open plaza creates a gateway connecting VLEST and DRL, flowing into a generous pathway for pedestrians approaching from the east on Walnut Street and providing access to Shoemaker Green and the Palestra. The ability for people to move seamlessly between VLEST and other nearby buildings will help keep the energy research team housed in VLEST connected to their colleagues in the other buildings that make up Penn’s physical science quadrant. 

Level Three

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1. Lab – $500,000

VLEST is designed around flexible, state-of-the-art laboratory spaces that provide the infrastructure needed to advance the ground-breaking research being pursued by our faculty. Considerations such as optimizing air flow, maintaining safe environments for people, and driving down energy usage are given special emphasis. The laboratory spaces also reflect planning for inclusiveness: Features such as laboratory benches that can be raised and lowered, wider aisles, and good access to safety equipment will support the work of scientists of a range of physical types and abilities.  

2. Faculty Office – $50,000

Faculty offices in VLEST are designed to take advantage of natural light, as well as the exterior sunshields to provide temperature regulation, while the strategic use of color creates a warm, stimulating environment. Co-location of faculty offices in a suite with laboratory and write-up spaces provides the entire research team with an efficient and productive work environment.

Level Four

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1. Write-Up Rooms – $250,000

These spaces are a complement to laboratories and allow research staff and graduate students to easily record results while moving back and forth to, and maintaining visual contact with, the laboratory. Along with co-location of faculty offices next to labs, this completes the range of spaces that researchers require.

2. Lab – $1 Million

VLEST is designed around flexible, state-of-the-art laboratory spaces that provide the infrastructure needed to advance the ground-breaking research being pursued by our faculty. Considerations such as optimizing air flow, maintaining safe environments for people, and driving down energy usage are given special emphasis. The laboratory spaces also reflect planning for inclusiveness: Features such as laboratory benches that can be raised and lowered, wider aisles, and good access to safety equipment will support the work of scientists of a range of physical types and abilities.  

3. Conference Room – $300,000

Readily accessible and conveniently located smaller conference rooms provide essential meeting space for researchers to gather frequently, discuss ongoing work, and explore new directions.

4. Faculty Offices – $50,000

Faculty offices in VLEST are designed to take advantage of natural light, as well as the exterior sunshields to provide temperature regulation, while the strategic use of color creates a warm, stimulating environment. Co-location of faculty offices in a suite with laboratory and write-up spaces provides the entire research team with an efficient and productive work environment.

Level Five

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1. Terrace – $1 Million

Research laboratories are active at all times of day, 7 days a week. The terrace, with a view onto Walnut Street, provides research teams with easy outdoor access, supporting wellness and productivity for groups that maintain demanding and unconventional work schedules.

2. Write-Up Rooms – $250,000

These spaces are a complement to laboratories and allow research staff and graduate students to easily record results while moving back and forth to, and maintaining visual contact with, the laboratory. Along with co-location of faculty offices next to labs, this completes the range of spaces that researchers require.

3. Labs – $1 Million

VLEST is designed around flexible, state-of-the-art laboratory spaces that provide the infrastructure needed to advance the ground-breaking research being pursued by our faculty. Considerations such as optimizing air flow, maintaining safe environments for people, and driving down energy usage are given special emphasis. The laboratory spaces also reflect planning for inclusiveness: Features such as laboratory benches that can be raised and lowered, wider aisles, and good access to safety equipment will support the work of scientists of a range of physical types and abilities.  

4. Faculty Offices – $50,000

Faculty offices in VLEST are designed to take advantage of natural light, as well as the exterior sunshields to provide temperature regulation, while the strategic use of color creates a warm, stimulating environment. Co-location of faculty offices in a suite with laboratory and write-up spaces provides the entire research team with an efficient and productive work environment.

Level Six

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1. Write-Up Rooms – $250,000

These spaces are a complement to laboratories and allow research staff and graduate students to easily record results while moving back and forth to, and maintaining visual contact with, the laboratory. Along with co-location of faculty offices next to labs, this completes the range of spaces that researchers require.

2. VIEST Director Lab – $2 Million

This main Level 6 lab will support the research and mentoring activities of the Vagelos Institute Director.

3. Lab – $1 Million

VLEST is designed around flexible, state-of-the-art laboratory spaces that provide the infrastructure needed to advance the ground-breaking research being pursued by our faculty. Considerations such as optimizing air flow, maintaining safe environments for people, and driving down energy usage are given special emphasis. The laboratory spaces also reflect planning for inclusiveness: Features such as laboratory benches that can be raised and lowered, wider aisles, and good access to safety equipment will support the work of scientists of a range of physical types and abilities.

4. Terrace – $750,000

Research laboratories are active at all times of day, 7 days a week. The terrace, with a view west toward campus, provides research teams with easy outdoor access, supporting wellness and productivity for groups that maintain demanding and unconventional work schedules.

5. Faculty Offices – $50,000

Faculty offices in VLEST are designed to take advantage of natural light, as well as the exterior sunshields to provide temperature regulation, while the strategic use of color creates a warm, stimulating environment. Co-location of faculty offices in a suite with laboratory and write-up spaces provides the entire research team with an efficient and productive work environment.

Contact

To learn more about supporting excellence in energy research at Penn, please contact Deb Rhebergen, Vice Dean for Advancement, at drheberg@sas.upenn.edu.