Engineering Unit A

Research Labs and Facilities

Bioaerosols Laboratory

Building Components and Envelope Research Laboratory (BCERL)

The BCERL Lab includes a dynamic racking facility used to simulate in-plane seismic loads on different wall systems and building components. 

Building Structures Laboratory

Immersive Construction Laboratory (ICon 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. 

Environmental Chamber

Illumination Laboratory

Intelligent Systems Laboratory

Lighting Laboratory

MorningStar Solar Home

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.



Widely acknowledged as one of the top Architectural Engineering programs in the world, the Penn State AE Department is dedicated to providing outstanding academic excellence to all of our students. The AE program is focused on preparing students and conducting research in the design, engineering, and construction of building projects.

Department of Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6394