UPenn’s Palestra (Philadelphia, PA)

OWNER: University of Pennsylvania

GC: P. Agnes

ARCHITECT: John Milner Architects


  • Part of a 2021 $10M glazing and ventilation system renovation at UPenn’s world-famous basketball arena
  • Delegated design
  • 3,810 SF Curtain Wall with custom curved heads
  • 590 SF Storefront
  • 7,500 SF Translucent Panel System; Both Straight and Sloped
  • 4,000 SF Panelite Clearshade Light Filtering Infills in Curtain Wall
  • 230 SF Custom Silk-Screened Insulating Glazing Units
  • 110 LF HSS Steel at Floor Slabs behind Curtain Wall
  • 450 LF Custom Aluminum Brake Shapes
  • 3,700 LF Field-Applied Muntins at exterior of Curtain Wall Glazing
  • Curtain Wall Radius-Top Design with Light Filtering Infills
  • Extensive Pre-Construction Mockup of Translucent Panel System for Structural and Aesthetic approvals
  • Custom Designed Anchoring for Curtain Wall
  • Custom Designed Anchoring for Translucent Panel System


  • Kawneer – Curtain Wall 1600 System 1, 6” Depth; Storefront 451T; Applied Muntins
  • Niles Aluminum – Curving of Curtain Wall components to our specified radius
  • Panelite – Clearshade light-filtering Infills in Curtain Wall and Storefront
  • Viracon – Silk-Screened Vision Insulating Glazing Units
  • Kalwall – Translucent Panel System, Straight and Sloped; Cloud Series Exterior Face Sheets
  • Tri-Steel – Structural steel for installation of systems
  • Colfab – Fabricator for Curtain Wall
  • Bork Metal – Fabricator for aluminum brake shapes and profiles
  • Triumph Engineering, LLC – Curtain Wall, Storefront, Kalwall; Glazed System Project Engineering