When the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania set out to study the feasibility of renovating Meyerson Hall, they retained In Posse to develop options for modernizing the building systems and improving overall building performance. The 94,000 square foot building was built in 1967 and houses the Dean’s Office as well as the Department of Architecture. In Posse developed a unique approach to the building modernization that allowed for phased construction while retaining existing MEP infrastructure in operation until later phases of the work. The approach utilized existing air distribution systems with an interim operating mode that would then be converted to a high performance, VAV system with a parallel dedicated outside air system. In Posse’s solution anticipated a future building addition and allowed the School of Design to embark on the ambitious project in phases as fund raising allowed.
In Posse’s approach was part of a holistic master plan for the modernization that included looking at building envelope upgrades and improved daylight performance. In Posse modeled the performance of both daylight options as well as the overall building energy performance to validate design strategies and verify that the project would be able to achieve significant energy performance improvements. As part of the planning process, the feasibility of achieving LEED-BD+C Silver certification was studied with the conclusion that the goal would be obtainable.