Information Sciences and Technology Building

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The Information Sciences and Technology Building
North side view of the IST building.
Constructions Cost:
$58.8 million
Designed by:
Rafael Viñoly Architects, New York City, and Perfido Weiskopf Architects, Pittsburgh
Constructed by:
41 different contractors and subcontractors, coordinated by Turner Construction Company
Contains Wireless and Wired Internet Connections
199,000 square feet (18,500 m2)
11,928 square yards of carpet
104,490 square feet (9,707 m2) of acoustic ceiling
53,650 square feet (4,984 m2) of metal ceiling
191 wooden exterior doors
301,706 square feet (28,029.4 m2) of drywall
400,372 bricks
955-foot-long (291 m) concrete walkway crossing North Atherton Street
85,960 square feet (7,986 m2) of rubber roofing
3,572 pieces of steel
4,402 light fixtures

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."


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