V. 2012 – 2017 Master Plan Current Issues: 11. Curtis Hall – University Research Computing Center

Updated 5.13.13. With the exception of a final cleaning, the URCC project is finished. Take a look at the photos below:

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Updated 4.10.13. In less than a month, a great deal of progress has been made on the construction of Curtis Hall’s University Research Computing Center (URCC). Compare the photos below to those from the 3.20.13 post!

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Updated 3.20.13. Curtis Hall is currently undergoing renovations for its new University Research Computing Center (URCC), designed by the Philadelphia-based architecture firm BLT Architects. This high-tech facility will serve as a central location for various academic server facilities, and will also include a cutting-edge climate control system and an elevator that will improve building accessibility to the data center.

Below are two photos of the large wires (and even larger pipes to carry the wires) used in the URCC. Though it might be difficult to sense the scale from these images, some of the wires are over 1.5 inches in diameter!

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The space that will house the URCC:

Having an elevator will improve accessibility within Curtis Hall:


Part of Curtis Hall’s new, state-of-the-art climate control system is pictured below:



5 thoughts on “V. 2012 – 2017 Master Plan Current Issues: 11. Curtis Hall – University Research Computing Center”

  1. Two questions regarding the elevator (which indeed should be a huge help in Curtis):
    1) Is this elevator accessible to students and if so…
    2) Where in Curtis is it? I’ve yet to find it, let alone see any signage for it (I also see it will not serve the fourth floor, leaving that floor elevator-less still).

    1. Yes, the elevator is accessible to students, but travels only between the 3rd floor of Curtis and the new facility, which in a different era was a rifle range.

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