kopchick hall : indiana university of pennsylvania, indiana, pa

interdisciplinary by design

Client: PA Department of General Services

This new building at the center of campus creates a new identity and a hub for interdisciplinary learning and research in the natural sciences and mathematics. PWWG’s innovative programming and use of an integrated design process (IDP) with stakeholders and our consultants eliminated the need for phased construction of a much larger footprint.

Kopchick Hall establishes a new edge to the Oak Grove, the symbolic heart of the IUP campus, connecting the informal landscape of pathways in the Grove to adjacent housing and dining halls, with a welcoming courtyard portal and pedestrian paths through the building.

At Kopchick Hall, clusters of labs integrate disciplines and create settings for students and faculty to work on joint projects; classrooms, and breakout collaboration spaces are designed with the latest technologies for interactive learning; and a modular design builds in flexibility as programs and pedagogy evolve. Other specialty research environments include a planetarium, greenhouse, rooftop terrace, vivarium, and imaging and simulation labs. Interiors are daylit throughout with expansive views, thanks to the design concept locating lines of single- or double-loaded labs and classrooms at either end of a connector that houses offices and a double height Commons for the entire campus. The building’s form, scale, materials, and detailing respect the surrounding historic buildings while establishing a distinct architectural presence.

The project is tracking LEED Silver certification.


152,000 gsf, 4 stories + partial basement, freestanding greenhouse

Construction Cost

$ 72,000,000 (estimated)

Firm Responsibility

Architectural Design
Interior Design
Contract Documents
Contract Administration

Completion Date

January 2024 (estimated)


Associate Architect (LEED)

Moshier Studio

Landscape Design

Moore Design Associates

Laboratory Design


AV/IT/Security/Acoustic Design

The Sextant Group

MEP Engineering


FA/FP Engineering

Tower Engineering

Structural Engineering

Hope Furrer Associates

Civil Engineering

Maser Consulting

Cost Estimating

Crawford Consulting Services


GeoMechanics, Inc.

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