UPenn’s Richards Building renovation has been getting press in the Philadelphia Inquirer and AIA Philadelphia’s magazine Context. Designed by Louis Kahn and constructed in 1961, Richards is a National Historic Landmark consisting of four towers in a pinwheel configuration. No longer suitable for the wet-bench research for which it was constructed and with building systems aged beyond their useful life, UPenn chose to repurpose Richards for dry lab and administrative office use. In doing so, the original openness and natural light of Kahn’s powerful concrete and brick structure has been recaptured. C and D tower renovations were completed in fall 2015 and A and B towers are scheduled for completion in 2019. BBA is MEP engineer on the design team led by Atkin Olshin Schade Architects for phases 2, 3 and 4, totaling nearly $30 million.