Information Sciences and Technology Building

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The Information Sciences and Technology Building
IST Building PSU.jpg
North side view of the IST building
General information
Status Complete
Location University Park, Pennsylvania
Current tenants Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology
Opened 2004
Cost $58.8 million
Technical details
Floor area 199,000 square feet (18,500 m2)
Design and construction
Architecture firm Rafael Viñoly Architects, New York City, and Perfido Weiskopf Architects, Pittsburgh
Main contractor Turner Construction Company

The Information Sciences and Technology Building (commonly known as the IST Building) is a classroom building at Pennsylvania State University. It is one of the newest buildings on the Penn State campus. Construction was completed in January 2004.

The building was designed by the acclaimed architect Rafael Vinoly. According to the Penn State IST website, the design of the building "began as an inkpen sketch on a paper dinner napkin." He characterizes the building as "a labor of love . . . my own personal obsession for years", stating that, in the beginning, it seemed "crazy and extreme" to construct an S-shaped building over North Atherton Street. According to the Penn State IST Website, "His firm, Rafael Vinoly Architects, New York, partnered with Perfido Weiskopf Architects, Pittsburgh, for the design inspired by the Ponte Vecchio in Florence." Despite its name, this building currently is the home of both the Pennsylvania State University Computer Science department, in addition to the IST department.

In order to "better represent the building’s many uses", the building is to be renamed the Westgate Building[1]



Coordinates: 40°47′37″N 77°52′06″W / 40.79370°N 77.86836°W / 40.79370; -77.86836