Bethlehem, PA | 47,000 SF | Award of Merit , Eastern Pennsylvania AIA
The facility's spaces require a high level of flexibility, as by design, business tenants move in and out of various lab, conference, and office spaces in rapid succession. The facility meets these needs, as well as providing technology-centered and architecturally innovative spaces to house operations for the Ben Franklin Technology Partners corporation itself.
Located on Lehigh University's Mountaintop campus overlooking historic Bethlehem, TechVentures2 includes wet labs, offices, conference rooms, meeting spaces, and parking facilities to support an entrepreneurial culture and to fuel innovation. The building is designed to harmonize with the existing TechVentures facility, with precast panels that match the existing limestone. The new south facade features a glass curtain wall to take advantage of natural daylight. Sunshades on the exterior and light shelves on the interior further manage daylight. On the roof, a photovoltaic solar array generates a portion of the building's electricity, demonstrating the viability of this technology and contributing to the sustainable future. The building's technologically-savvy details are fully aligned with Ben Franklin's dedication to the technology sector and their attitudes toward the importance of innovation.
TechVentures2 is currently registered with the U. S. Green Building Council's Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program with the goal of LEED Silver certification. The building has also been recognized as a "Designed to Earn the EnergySTAR" facility under the United States Environmental Protection Agency's EnergySTAR program with the potential of EnergySTAR certification. TechVentures2 was selected as Project of the Year 2010 by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association for its efforts in creating jobs, encouraging innovation, fostering creativity, and leveraging resources. The project also received first place nationally in the EPA EnergySTAR Challenge, which recognized its dedication to sustainability.