University Of Pennsylvania—LRSM Lab


Philadelphia, PA

Renovation of two research labs. Scope of work included new lab casework and utilities, optical research tables and upgraded HVAC systems. New exhaust system was installed including rooftop Strobic fan and new units and ductwork to serve renovated labs and address existing air-balancing issues in other areas throughout the building.

Casework included vacuum pump cabinets with associated pumps and piping, fume hoods and biosafety cabinets. Lab utilities, including process chilled water, nitrogen, compressed air and vacuum were provided to fume hoods, safety cabinets and research tables.

Kentek curtain systems were installed at exterior windows and entrance to research area tables to provide 100% black out of outside light and inside research laser lights. Construction was designed for the structure and utilities to be exposed with new finishes on all surfaces.


“Our history with Flatiron is limited to the University of Penn Archives project construction we have been impressed with your company’s abilities and attitude. Here are a few observations:

  • All the personnel we have dealt with are personable, communicative, and efficient – from the person who answers the phone to the principal.
  • The estimator is extremely thorough and presents cost information very clearly, even when the scope has not been completely developed.
  • The field supervisor at Archives (Rich) was very responsive to the design team and our clients, proactive in anticipating issues, well-organized, in control of the subcontractors, and a pleasure to work with.
  • Principal (Scott) remained engaged and knowledgeable about the project throughout construction – very responsive, aggressively pursuing solutions to difficult problems, thorough and professional.
  • The company is enthusiastic about undertaking a range of project types and sizes – a real “can-do” attitude. We would not hesitate to recommend Flatiron.”

—Jean McCoubrey, AIA
Runyan & Associates Architects