Research Labs and Facilities
The BERL Lab features unique, state of the art, full-scale test facilities to advance research on earthquakes, wind/pressure loading, windborne debris impact, and weathering of building envelope systems.
Building Structures Laboratory
Computer-Aided Design Laboratory (CAD LAB)
The ICon Lab is an immersive workspace with advanced visualization systems built to provide an optimal interactive experience for integrated, team-based workshops. Through virtual reality and ample space for collaboration, the workspace pushes interdisciplinary teams together for design, review, or training. The ICon Lab can hold between 30 and 40 people which enables it to be used for a variety of AEC/FM related meeting and activities.
Intelligent Systems Laboratory
The MorningStar Solar Home is a 100% renewable-energy powered home on Penn State’s campus that produces all the energy needed for its operation (plus some extra for electric vehicles). The MorningStar is currently used by teachers and faculty across Penn State as an immersive learning destination for teaching and learning about sustainability. It is also used for research in the topics of energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart grid systems.