Location: Philadelphia, PA
Area: 225,000 GSF
Dates: Opened in 1993, Tower Additions 2000 and 2009, Currently interior renovations in progress
One of the original members of the University Science Center, this headquarters building encompassing over 225,000 square feet is a complex custom built for a national testing agency. As such, it includes highly secure office and meeting spaces for its over 450 occupants and daily visitors. Visiting physicians come from across the country to help prepare new exams and test new treatments. The facility is filled with interactive meeting spaces and video conferencing of all sizes, a technical library, wellness center and mock exam rooms. The u-shaped building wraps around a generous south facing garden courtyard that floods the interior’s narrow floor plates with daylight and views into the garden below, enhancing the experience and wellness of all the occupants. Opening onto the courtyard from the west at level one is a large flexible dining facility that can also be used for Town Hall type meetings. Charles Capaldi has served as the Architect and Interior designer for the building and the interiors over the past 25 years and continues with CaVA to retrofit the original 1993 and 2003 spaces; reshaping the spacial layouts and configurations to become more collaborative and agile workplaces with greater access to technology.