Water Tank #5

Penn State University

Water Tank #5

Penn State University

Institution Type:

 Higher Education

Project Class:

 Infrastructure, Land Development

Project Delivery System:


Construction Type:

 New Construction

This unique structure sits directly beside the College of Engineering on campus. The utilitarian usage of a 750,000 gallon water tank needed to coordinate with the design of the surrounding buildings and also be perched as the roof for a working amphitheater. Crews first demolished the site, prepared and staged the area and placed a 12-inch water line. Forty-two micropiles were placed along with concrete parallelogram supports for the tank’s legs. One row of seats doubles as a retaining wall, with two other blue stone walls creating more seating. Removable fencing on one side of the tank allows for event control, and a 100-foot plywood wall on top of a brick wall creates a safety walkway for work to be completed.

Details and Awards

Total Square Feet


Start Date


Substantial Completion



Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802


The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

Construction Manager

Skanska USA


Buchart, Horn & Basco Consulting Engineering
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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