On December 4, the six-story Neural and Behavioral Sciences (NBS) Building was “topped off,” as everyone who made the new building possible, from the construction crew to major donors, gathered to sign a final steel beam and watch as it was hoisted into place at the top of the structure. 

An important milestone, this “topping off” signifies a significant achievement in the creation of the NBS Building, which connects the Carolyn Lynch and Leidy laboratories to create a life sciences corridor for the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS). Serving as the new home for Biology, Psychology, the Biological Basis of Behavior (BBB), and the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management (LSM), the NBS Building will promote collaboration, exchange, and the integration of knowledge across converging undergraduate disciplines upon its 2016 opening, housing research laboratories, teaching facilities, space for students to congregate and study, and a green roof, opening up tremendous opportunities for teaching, learning, and research. 

Made possible by a group of visionary donors who banded together to help the SAS realize its vision, $68.6 million, 76.5k-square-foot project―expected to earn a LEED certification of at least Silver―at 38th Street and University Avenue will create a “neighborhood” of life science learning, teaching, and research.

Approximately 25 percent of undergraduates in the SAS major in biology, psychology, or BBB. SAS Dean Steven J. Fluharty said the NBS Building will consolidate education in these disciplines and house the BBB program, as well as LSM. “Neuroscience is clearly one of Penn’s distinguishing strengths. … and Arts & Sciences has always been a major contributor to that University-wide excellence,” said Fluharty. “In order to continue to build, we need world-class facilities.”

“We want to foster as much cross-talk as we can,” he said. “This is really an epicenter of what Arts & Sciences will do.”

For more on the topping off celebration, watch the video

Topping off the NBS BuildingSteven J. Fluharty, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, celebrates an important milestone for the Neural and Behavioral Sciences Building―its “topping off”―with leadership donors (from left) Bette and Robert Gromis, PAR’11, PAR’13, PAR’17, and Julie Seaman, C’86, PAR’14, PAR’17.