December 17, 2008
Construction Set to Begin for Expanded Residential/Retail Complex at 40th and Chestnut
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PHILADELPHIA — The Hub, an eight-story, mixed-use apartment building that opened in December 2006 at 40th and Chestnut streets near the University of Pennsylvania campus, is expanding its footprint with the imminent construction of Hub 3939, next door at 3939 Chestnut St.

The 57,900-square-foot Hub 3939 will feature 60 apartments atop 12,200 square feet of retail space on the first floor. Philadelphia-based Teres Holdings is expected to begin construction in early 2009 on the $19.5 million project and finish by year’s end. The developers are operating under a ground lease from Penn and will construct and manage the building.

“These mixed-use properties offer safe and attractive new rental units close to campus for our students, while providing new street-level shops and amenities for the whole community,” Anne Papageorge, Penn vice president of facilities and real estate services, said. “And leasing our land to private developers generates private investment in University City and continues to be a successful model of urban redevelopment.”

April 11, 2008
University of Pennsylvania Selects Patkau Architects to Design New Student Residence on Hill Square
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PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania has selected Patkau Architects of Canada as the designer for the new College House at Hill Square, the first new residential hall to be constructed at Penn in more than three decades. This project will bring together students, faculty and staff in a diverse community built on common intellectual interests.

The working version of the college house plan calls for low-rise buildings that partially enclose a Quad-like square and will feature approximately 340 units in a variety of room configurations. The existing green space on Hill Square will be redesigned to accommodate the building while still serving as a locus for gathering and recreation surrounding a diagonal sculptural walkway that celebrates 125 Years of Women at Penn. In line with Penn's goals for environmental sustainability, the project aims to secure a rating of LEED Gold or higher on the scale developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Penn president Amy Gutmann said that additional on-campus housing is a priority of the University's 30-year master plan, Penn Connects -- A Vision for the Future.

"Our new Hill Square College House will not only help to meet the great demand for more on-campus living choices," Dr. Gutmann said, "but, with a design that will fulfill our College House vision of a 24/7 learning community, the building also will enrich Penn's undergraduate experience while bringing a vibrant, neighborhood feel to the vicinity around Hill Square."

The College House at Hill Square will join Penn's existing network of college houses: 11 unique undergraduate residences, which form the hub of intellectual, social and recreational life for Penn students.

Patkau Architects is an internationally recognized and award-winning architectural design studio based in Vancouver, British Columbia. In more than 25 years of practice, both in Canada and in the United States, the firm has designed a wide variety of building types for a diverse range of clients, including gallery installations to master planning, private houses to major urban libraries, sustainable building and emerging educational technologies.

Patkau Architects will be working in coordination with Philadelphia architecture firm Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, who have worked with Penn on projects as diverse as the Jaffe History of Art Building and the Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander School.

Additional information about Penn Connects and the new College House at Hill Square is available at www.pennconnects.upenn.edu.

February 28, 2008
University of Pennsylvania Selects Dagit Saylor Architects to Renovate the Arts, Culture and Research Hub
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PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania has selected Dagit*Saylor, a Philadelphia architecture firm, to prepare a feasibility study and schematic drawings for the Arts, Culture and Research Hub, or the ARCH, at the intersection of 36th Street and Locust Walk.

The ARCH was built in the late-Gothic revival style in the late 1920s by three Penn alumni architects and has been adapted to include administrative offices and student facilities. It provides office and meeting spaces for the Black Cultural Center, known as MAKUU; the Pan Asian American Community House; and La Casa Latina and hosts a satellite office for Penn's Greenfield Intercultural Center. In addition, it houses the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, the Benjamin Franklin Scholars and University Scholars.

"The ARCH is a wonderful gathering place, populated by students engaged in exploring arts, culture and research " Ron Daniels, Penn provost, said. "By renewing the ARCH, we are encouraging these students to more fully pursue the co-curricular activities that shape so much of their Penn experience."

Dagit*Saylor Architects collaborated previously with Penn on the restoration of Fisher-Bennett Hall and Penn Museum.

Penn Connects, the University's 30-year campus plan, which includes the ARCH restoration, encompasses academic, research, residential and other types of projects. Additional information is available at www.pennconnects.upenn.edu.

February 26, 2008
University of Pennsylvania Selects Weiss/Manfredi, M+W Zander to Design Singh Nanotechnology Center
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PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania has selected the architectural design firm Weiss/Manfredi along with M+W Zander, an engineering and construction firm that specializes in projects with a scientific focus, to design the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology.

This 100,000-square-foot facility will house research that focuses on the molecular level in the areas of engineering, medicine and the health sciences. It is made possible, in part, through a $20 million gift from Krishna Singh, a Penn alumnus who is the founder, president and chief executive officer of the energy-technology company Holtec International in Marlton, N.J.

"We're looking for design that is forward-looking and built with sustainable principles, but, more important, one that clearly articulates its purpose while meeting its programmatic needs," Eduardo Glandt, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, said. "The Singh Center will serve not only Penn but the entire Philadelphia region as a crossroads of multi-disciplinary fundamental and translational research, education and innovation."

This new building, to be constructed along the 3200 block of Walnut Street on the site of a parking lot, is another project of Penn Connects -- A Vision For the Future, the University's 30-year master plan published in 2006.

Additional information about Penn Connects and the Singh Center is available at www.pennconnects.upenn.edu.

February 20, 2008
University of Pennsylvania Selects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates to Design Penn Park
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PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania has selected Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates as the designer for Penn Park, a 24-acre space for athletics, recreation and open space.

Penn Park is the centerpiece of Penn Connects -- A Vision For the Future, the University's 30-year master plan published in 2006. With an emphasis on strengthening physical connections to Center City Philadelphia, Penn Park replaces 14 acres of parking lots formerly owned by the U.S. Postal Service. Penn Park will enhance existing athletics facilities substantially by adding soccer and softball fields and tennis courts, as well as additional open space and parks.

The plan also includes reconfiguring 10 acres of athletic facilities to the south of Penn Park to complete a 24-acre green swath from Walnut to South streets. Completion is expected in late 2010.

"Penn Park will become a gathering place for students, athletes and community members in an environmentally sustainable and vibrant atmosphere," Amy Gutmann, Penn president, said. "It is the symbolic heart of the Penn Connects plan, and its network of green spaces, pocket parks and recreation and athletics facilities will benefit both the campus and the city."

Michael Van Valkenberg Associates is an award-winning landscape design firm with experience in higher education and athletic and recreational spaces. The firm partnered with Penn on the Module VII Chiller Plant, which won the American Institute of Architects Honor Award in 2001.

Additional information about Penn Connects and Penn Park is available at www.pennconnects.upenn.edu.

February 7, 2008
University of Pennsylvania Selects Crawford Architects for Franklin Field Pavilion Project
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PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania has selected Crawford Architects to design a new athletic performance center in Penn's Franklin Field, the oldest NCAA stadium still used for football.

The center will feature an intercollegiate strength and conditioning center for the University's 33 men's and women's athletic teams and a fitness center to complement Penn's Pottruck Health and Fitness Center.

The design strategy proposes infilling the northern facade and concourse of Franklin Field, with a two-story, 22,500-square-foot facility that can accommodate an expanded recreation and intercollegiate athletic program.

Plans also include a new retail space suite. Outside the pavilion, a new landscape design strategy will improve the physical connections from the stadium westward to the core of campus and eastward to the newly acquired postal lands and the soon-to-be-designed 14-acre Penn Park, the focus of Penn Connects, Penn's 30-year campus development and expansion plan.

"This new space will allow for the expansion of the intercollegiate athletic weight-training program with new facilities that support our student-athletes, as well as a new retail use and landscape improvements that support Penn's campus plan," Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky said.

The Franklin Field Pavilion is slated for completion in late 2009 and is one of several new projects being constructed, or renovated, under Penn Connects. Additional information is available at www.pennconnects.upenn.edu.

February 5, 2008
Penn Selects SmithGroup as Architect for Neural and Behavioral Sciences Building
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PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania has selected SmithGroup to design a new science facility that will integrate psychology, biology and behavioral sciences under one roof for teaching and research.

The Neural and Behavioral Sciences building will be linked to the recently completed Carolyn Lynch Laboratory, completing Penn's Life Sciences precinct along University Avenue. When completed, the NBS building will be strategically located among the group of research buildings that includes the Louis Kahn-designed Goddard Laboratory, the historic Leidy Laboratory and Kaskey Park. In addition to housing both research laboratories and teaching facilities, the NBS Building will house interdisciplinary programs and student gathering spaces.

"The study of complex behaviors will be a fundamental focus of life sciences in the 21st century," Rebecca Bushnell, dean of Penn's School of Arts and Sciences, said, "and this building will ensure that Penn remains at the forefront of an area that has traditionally been one of its great strengths."

SmithGroup's project responsibilities include lab planning, architecture, historic preservation and engineering services and will be a collaboration of professionals from the firm's Detroit and Washington, D.C., offices. The design team consists of experts in sustainable design, higher education, laboratory design, historic preservation and research design.

Once completed, the NBS building will present a new public façade to University Avenue, a vehicular thoroughfare between campus and the residential community to the west.

"This project will create a new gateway to the campus, and will stand as an important symbol of Penn's commitment to teaching and research in the sciences," Bushnell said. "The complex will enhance existing interactions and facilitate new ones to promote the integrated study of genes, the brain and behavior."

The Neural and Behavioral Sciences building is one of several new projects being constructed or renovated under Penn Connects, the University's 30-year campus development plan. Additional information is available at www.pennconnects.upenn.edu.


June 29, 2007
University of Pennsylvania to Build 10-Story Tower Designed to Facilitate Translational Research
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PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania will construct a $370 million, state-of-the-art biomedical research facility as part of an ongoing commitment to strengthen its international leadership in biomedical discovery.

Designed by architect Rafael Vinoly of Rafael Vinoly Architects PC, the building will be physically integrated with the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and the Roberts Proton Therapy Center now under construction on the former Civic Center site.

The focus of the research building will be to house research initiatives that integrate the range of biomedical disciplines required to achieve advances in the understanding of disease and the development of new therapies.

“This magnificent new building will accelerate Penn Medicine’s innovative research enterprise,” Penn President Amy Gutmann said. “By design, the new building will bring together the rich and complex biomedical disciplines required to achieve progress in the conquest of disease.”

In addition to providing space for interdisciplinary research, the building’s close physical proximity to Penn Medicine’s patient-care facilities in the new Perelman Center is intended to facilitate communication and the exchange of ideas among clinicians and researchers on new discoveries, techniques and technologies. In addition to biomedical laboratories, the building will include clinical/patient-oriented research facilities.

“This new facility will be the latest addition in further establishing Penn Medicine as one of the finest research institutions in the world,” David L. Cohen, chairman of the board of Penn Medicine, said. “The building will enable us to capitalize on our established strengths in multiple disciplines and sharpen our focus on transforming new knowledge into clinical advances for the good of patients everywhere.”

The biomedical research facility is scheduled to open in the summer of 2010. By locating it with both the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, scheduled to open in 2008, and the Roberts Proton Therapy Center, set to open in 2009, the resulting complex of buildings will make Penn Medicine one of the most vital biomedical research environments in the world.

“This building represents an exciting new highpoint in our tradition of collaborative medical inquiry,” Arthur H. Rubenstein, executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the health system and dean of the School of Medicine, said. “Through its shared common spaces and support functions, as well as a rich matrix of working alliances for research and therapeutic progress, it will unquestionably play a central role in Penn Medicine’s ongoing contribution to the improved health of humankind.”

May 25, 2007
Construction Begins on 14-story, 150-unit Apartment Community on 3900 Block of Walnut Street
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PHILADELPHIA — In conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania, University Partners, a developer of student housing, has begun construction on The Radian in the 3900 block of Walnut Street.

Scheduled to open in August 2008, the $50 million-plus building will feature a 14-story, 150-plus unit apartment community as well as more than 40,000 square feet of street- and mezzaninelevel retail. Its construction will include environmentally friendly energy features.

The Radian's name is based on its angular-design feature created by Philadelphia-based Erdy McHenry Architecture LLC. The building’s “green” features will include a storm water drainage system recognized by the Philadelphia Water Department for innovative design and energyefficient roof construction.

“The renaissance of University City continues with The Radian, which will create a student apartment amenity at the intersection of campus and 40th Street, bringing enhanced vibrancy to both,” said Penn Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli. “This project is indicative of Penn’s commitment to engage locally in building communities and investing in job creation and economic development. We are pleased to be partnering with University Partners to bring new housing and retail, as well as a first class design, to Penn.”

“Through our collaborative partnership with Penn, we hope to provide students with a unique opportunity to live, study, work and play in a state-of-the-art community that will meet their every need,” said Mark Riley, managing director-investments for University Partners. “We believe that The Radian will set a new standard for future student housing developments by University Partners.”

Other development partners for The Radian include engineering firms Cagley Harman " Associates (structural), PHY Consulting Engineers (mechanical), Pennoni Associates (civil) and Blackstone Consulting (environmental).

Additional information about the project is available at www.universitypartners.com.

February 06, 2007
Penn President Endorses Environmental Sustainability Strategy, Reduction of Greenhouse Gases
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PHILADELPHIA — Pledging to significantly reduce emissions that contribute to global warming, Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, announced today her signing of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

Penn will develop a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality by reducing campus greenhouse gas emissions and offsetting unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions elsewhere.

“This is a defining issue of the 21st century, and I am proud to sign on and promote higher education as a leader in addressing global climate change through research, education and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,” Gutmann said. “At Penn, we must recognize the impact of a research institution of our size and acknowledge that our management of utilities, our construction, transit services and our recycling extends beyond our campus and has global consequences.”

With Gutmann’s signature, Penn is committing to development of a comprehensive sustainability plan by 2009. This includes completing a comprehensive inventory of all its greenhouse gas emissions; purchasing at least 15 percent of its electricity from renewable sources; adopting an energy efficient appliance purchasing program; committing to a policy that new construction be built to the U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver standards, or equivalent; and providing access to public transit for faculty, students and staff. Also, Penn will link climate neutrality and sustainability as part of its curriculum and student life activities, while also reporting on progress being made.

In 2003, Penn became the largest nongovernmental purchaser of wind power in the nation and today purchases 30 percent of its energy from wind energy. The University funded its historic wind power purc hases through aggressive energy conservation, reducing peak electric demand by 18 percent. Penn’s commitment to purchasing wind energy made possible the construction of a new 12-turbine, 20-MW Pennsylvania wind farm.

“Penn has always been a leader in its commitment to applying academic and administrative resources to meet challenges in environmental sustainability,” said Anthony Cortese, president of Second Nature, a research institute dedicated to education and environmental sustainability and co-creator of the Presidents Climate Commitment. “We are thrilled to welcome President Gutmann as the first of her Ivy League peers to join this effort.”

The Presidents Climate Commitment is being coordinated and supported by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Second Nature and ecoAmerica, working closely with the Leadership Circle of presidents and chancellors.

Additional information about the Presidents Climate Commitment is available at www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org


October 26, 2006
University of Pennsylvania Dedicates Skirkanich Hall, an Advanced Bioengineering Facility
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PHILADELPHIA — The latest facility on the University of Pennsylvania campus is not just an advanced laboratory space for the growing field of bioengineering, it is a work of art. At a ceremony today on Penn's campus, officials dedicate Skirkanich Hall, the new home to the Department of Bioengineering and the soaring new entrance to the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects designed the building, which was named after Penn alumnus J. Peter Skirkanich and his wife, Geri, who donated $10 million toward the facility’s construction. “Penn continues to be a leader in bioengineering, both in programs and in facilities,” said Eduardo Glandt, dean of Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. “Top faculty and top students deserve a world-class building.”

Skirkanich Hall will house research laboratories to support bioengineering, a discipline in which experimental and theoretical engineering principles are applied to the understanding of biology and the practice of medicine. The building also features instructional laboratories to provide discovery-based learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. These spaces and the Bioengineering Departmental Suite on the third floor are arranged around a sculptural, redundant flight of stairs that provides an easy connection to the research floors. The building is an intricate composition of spaces that unites the surrounding buildings of the engineering school in bold contemporary style.

The husband and wife architect team of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien are known for their attention to materials and details, as exemplified in such works as the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, Calif., and the American Folk Art Museum in New York.

Skirkanich Hall’s facades consist of brick, cantilevered shingled-glass panes and zinc paneling. Their individual colors follow a distribution centered along a mossy green but with an overall spectrum that ranges from acid yellow to black. Canadian black granite lines the entrance, walkway and the public spaces in the lower floors. The faceted texture of the surfaces has been achieved by a flame treatment of the stone to reveal the glimmer of mica and the opaqueness of feldspar. Steel signage is embedded into water-jet-carved cavities within the granite. Polished granite benches are placed throughout the lower levels and the courtyard.

The structural concrete monolith emerging from the ground can be seen only from inside the building. All vertical concrete surfaces have been bush-hammered inch by inch to reveal the materials blue aggregate and give the concrete the feel of a hand-carved stone, and all concrete floors have been ground to a terrazzo texture, within which the polished blue aggregates simulate gems. Traditional ceiling construction gives way to delicately sandblasted concrete ceilings at the perimeters of the building, flooding the spaces with light.

The overall design leads to a creation that the Philadelphia Inquirers architecture critic, Inga Saffron, called Philadelphia’s best new building in years.

More details on the construction of Skirkanich Hall and the donors who made the building possible are available at www.seas.upenn.edu/skirkanich.

September 28, 2006
Anne Papageorge Named Facilities and Real Estate Services Vice President at University of Pennsylvania
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PHILADELPHIA — Anne Papageorge, a licensed landscape architect, has been named vice president for the Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services at the University of Pennsylvania, effective Oct. 16.

Papageorge will be responsible for managing the operations and maintenance of the University’s buildings and grounds, as well as the planning and project management of new construction and renovations of existing properties.

“Anne is a proven leader who possesses the energy and passion for the complexity of the facilities and real estate issues an urban university such as Penn will face,” Penn Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli said. “She has a demonstrated track record in managing a large complex organization.”

Papageorge has been senior vice president and memorial design director for the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., managing the planning, design and construction of the nearly $1 billion project encompassing the World Trade Center Memorial, memorial museum and related facilities.

Prior to joining the LMDC in 2004, she worked in design and construction for the City of New York, where she served as first deputy commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction, managing a staff of 1,200 and overseeing 750 projects valued at $4.4 billion.

Papageorge holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry School of Landscape Architecture, where she currently serves on the Faculty of Landscape Architecture Advisory Council, and an M.B.A. from the City University of New York Baruch College.

July 27, 2006
University of Pennsylvania Unveils 30-Year Campus Development Plan for Former Postal Lands
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PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania has announced the completion of its Penn Connects campus development plan, a 30-year vision directing the physical growth of Penn’s campus, including strategic recommendations for expanding eastward towards the Schuylkill River and Philadelphia’s Center City.

This expansion will follow Penn’s anticipated acquisition in early 2007 of the U.S. Postal Service’s Philadelphia facility, a 24-acre parcel of land on the western edge of the Schuylkill River. The site includes the main post office building at 30th and Market streets and, to the south, its Annex building, a parking garage at 31st and Chestnut streets and 14-acre surface parking lot south of Walnut Street.

“The acquisition of the postal properties by the University will provide an unprecedented opportunity to transform the Penn campus, establish a major physical presence on the Schuylkill River and connect Center City and University City in powerful ways,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “As a result we have completed a plan illustrating how our campus is poised to leverage this historic moment and grow over the next three decades. Our plan is guiding our land-use strategy for short-term programmatic needs as well as long-term strategic moves that will shape Penn for the 21st century.”

The planning study, completed by Sasaki&& Associates of Watertown Mass., articulates a longterm vision for development that fosters connectivity within the campus and in the broader communities of West Philadelphia, Center City and the region.

Starting in June 2005, Sasaki undertook extensive site analysis of the entire campus, with emphasis on the new land to the east, and conceived several planning and design opportunities. The focus is on the 14 acres of surface parking lots between Walnut and South streets, the Schuylkill Expressway and the campus. Recommendations call for converting this industrial use into a mix of academic and research buildings, athletics fields and parks, retail shops, office towers and arts and cultural spaces, including:

  • Improving gateways between the campus, Center City and surrounding West Philadelphia, specifically at Walnut and South streets.
  • Extending Locust Walk eastward into what will be new open fields.
  • Converting surface parking lots into new sports and recreation facilities and open parks.
  • Creating new plazas east of Franklin Field and providing new public gathering spaces that link the postal lands to the campus.
  • Improving physical connectivity that links the campus with the transit hub at 30th Street station and Market Street.
  • Accommodating future development in academics and research and future expansion potential between the medical campus and the river.

In addition, infill development opportunities have been identified in the core of campus to support student life and research, including:

  • A 400-bed residence hall planned in a quadrangle type setting with open space plan and walkway at Chestnut Street between 33rd and 34th streets.
  • A nanotechnology research center for the School of Engineering and Applied Science at 32nd and Walnut streets, which is currently a surface parking lot.

“In adding new contiguous landholding to our campus, we are in a unique position to grow over time as opportunities arise to meet our mission of teaching and research,” Gutmann said. “And as we grow we will make West Philadelphia an even more attractive place to live, work and raise families, while expanding job opportunities and economic inclusion.”

June 16, 2006
University of Pennsylvania Announces $75 Million Mixed-Use Development in University City
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PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania and University Partners, a FirstWorthing company, have signed an agreement to develop a $75 million multi-family, mixed-use building on the 3900 block of Walnut Street in University City. Penn currently operates a single story retail development at that location and plans to relocate existing tenants throughout the summer to accommodate the new development.

University Partners is leasing the land from Penn for 65 years to build a proposed mid-rise building with 150-plus units and, on the first floor, approximately 40,000 square feet of commercial and retail space.

“University City continues to attract new development, new businesses and new residents to one of Philadelphia’s most vibrant neighborhoods,” Penn President Amy Gutmann said. “This project is indicative of Penn’s commitment to engage locally in building communities and investing in job creation and economic development. We are pleased to be partnering with FirstWorthing to bring new housing and retail amenities to our campus and community.”

“Creating this community in partnership with Penn is an exciting venture for University Partners,” Jim Potts, president and CEO of University Partners, said. “Our commitment to creating quality places to live and learn nicely complements the values and goals of Penn in redeveloping the University City area.”

The site preparation and groundbreaking will be in early 2007. The project will take 18-24 months to complete.

April 25, 2006
David Hollenberg Appointed University Architect at Penn
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PHILADELPHIA — David Hollenberg, associate regional director of design, construction and facility management for the National Park Service’s Northeast Region, has been appointed university architect at the University of Pennsylvania, according to an announcement by Penn Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli.

Hollenberg will be responsible for near-term design and planning issues as well as the implementation of the Campus Development Plan, a vision of how the University can meet its long-term needs while supporting the development of a strong, diverse community as its neighbor.

“With a wealth of experience in managing major building projects and his enthusiasm for historical preservation, David Hollenberg is the ideal architect for Penn,” Carnaroli said. “The University seeks to retain the historic character of our older buildings while bringing them into the 21st century and to build new facilities that blend into our mature campus. David’s vision and expertise will be invaluable to us as we move forward with this challenging and critical goal.”

Hollenberg has been at NPS since 1992. In his current post, he has been responsible for major programs and services related to the structures and facilities in some of the most well known historic sites and battlefields in the 13-state region. Projects ranged in size from $10,000 to $15 million.

He previously served as associate regional director of the National Heritage Partnership for the NPS Northeast Region, where he was involved in strategic planning, policy and program coordination for public/private partnership projects, including facilities at Independence National Historical Park and Gettysburg National Military Park. He also was formerly chief of the NPS National Register Programs Division in the Mid-Atlantic Region, responsible for cultural resource and historic preservation programs.

Hollenberg earned a master’s degree in architecture at Penn and has lectured in the Penn School of Design’s graduate program in historic preservation since 1987. He holds a bachelor’s degree in art history, magna cum laude, from Columbia University.

Prior to joining the NPS, he spent 17 years with the firm John Milner Associates Inc. of West Chester, Pa., and Philadelphia, where he was responsible for the historic preservation components of such rehabilitation projects as Lit Brothers Department Store and the Wanamaker Building.

Hollenberg has been active in numerous professional and civic associations in the greater Philadelphia region, including nine years of service on the Philadelphia Historical Commission, where he chaired the Architectural Review Committee for seven years. He is currently a member of the boards of both the Eastern State Penitentiary and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, where he serves as vice president.

He is a 16-year member of the Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia and served 10 years on the advisory board of the Historic Religious Properties Program of the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Corp.

In 2002, he was honored with a Superior Service Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

April 18, 2006
University of Pennsylvania’s Statewide Economic Impact Is $9.6 Billion a Year, Report Reveals
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PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania, including its Health System, contributes $9.6 billion annually to the state economy through its salaries, purchases, research, construction projects, taxes and indirect and induced expenditures, according to an independent economic and fiscal impact report issued this week by Econsult Corp. of Philadelphia.

This figure, which translates roughly to $25 million daily, underscores that Penn is not only a premier international institution of higher education but is a powerful economic engine as well. “In addition to the salaries and benefits paid to our employees and day-to-day operational and capital spending, Penn and private developers have invested $500 million during the past decade in neighborhood retail and residential construction projects,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann.

“A hallmark of our activity is economic inclusion of West Philadelphia businesses. Our expenditures also are responsible for generating more than 100,000 jobs statewide in addition to our workforce of 24,750.”

“Dollars spent here continue to circulate throughout the community, inducing even more hiring and business investment,” Dr. Gutmann said.

The report indicates that $6.5 billion worth of the City of Philadelphia’s economic activity can be attributed to the University. Penn contributes more than $372 million in state and local tax revenue each year.

The 11-county area that includes several adjacent New Jersey and Delaware counties also benefit from Penn presence in the region.

The nature of a university educating a continuing stream of students and offering sporting and arts events, museums and symposiums — invites visitors, who also feed economic activity through hotel stays, dining out and other spending. This economic factor is amplified by the presence of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, a nationally recognized teaching hospital that attracts patients, family members and friends who spend money while they’re here. The report estimates that Penn visitors spend some $14.5 million in the region each year.

As one of the top research institutions in the country, Penn has enjoyed continually escalating research funding. The report found that Penn received $750 million in sponsored research awards in 2005, compared to 10 years ago when research funding stood at $327 million. This represents an annual growth rate of nearly 9 percent and last year resulted in more than $700 million in research and development expenditures.

Econsult Corporation used standard industry multipliers to show the ripple effect of Penn’s direct dollars spent to create what the report calls indirect and induced expenditures. The report notes that for every $4 the University spends another $2.50 is generated in the city and $5.60 in the state in indirect or induced expenditures.

The report also concludes that:

  • Penn economic impact makes up nearly 2 percent of the Pennsylvania economy each year and 3 percent of the annual Philadelphia economy, putting its impact on par with the Philadelphia International Airport at $14.4 billion and the region tourism and hospitality industry at $11.2 billion.
  • Penn contributes over $372 million in state and local tax revenue each year.
  • In 2005, Penn purchased nearly $3.5 billion in goods and services from Pennsylvania suppliers.
  • Penn capital investments, on average, total nearly $314 million per year.
  • Penn facilitated the launch of 56 new companies in 2000-2005.
  • With more than 70,000 alumni residing in Pennsylvania, the University is estimated to have contributed nearly $485 million to the statewide economy through the increased productivity of Penn degrees.

April 04, 2006
University of Pennsylvania, Largest University Buyer Of Wind Energy in the Nation, Triples Its Purchase
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PHILADELPHIA — Under a new agreement, the University of Pennsylvania will now purchase nearly 30 percent of its energy needs from wind-generated power, nearly tripling its wind-energy purchase.

Following a previous wind-energy purchase of 40,000 megawatt-hours annually from Pennsylvania wind farms, Penn’s new agreement to purchase 112,000 MWh each year for the next five years from wind farms across the country represents the largest retail purchase of green power in the nation by an institution of higher education.

“Research has shown that wind-powered energy is a safe, non-polluting alternative to electricity produced by fossil fuels,” Penn President Amy Gutmann said. “We at Penn are pleased to be a national leader in clean energy and in the development of the wind-generated power industry in the state. Through this environmental stewardship, we can continue to raise the awareness of our students and the community about alternative fuel options.”

The 112,000 MWh — about a third of the 412,000 MWh the University uses annually — is enough to power nearly 10,500 average American homes for a year.

Penn has been a leading organization in purchasing wind energy, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Penn has also been on EPA’s Top 25 list of national green power purchasers since the list was begun. Penn's new commitment will move the University up to No. 8 nationally.

“EPA applauds the University of Pennsylvania for its role as a green power leader, not only amongst its peers in the Ivy League, but for higher education institutions across the nation,” Blaine Collison, program director for EPA Green Power Partnership, said. “Penn’s purchase supports America domestic supply of clean, renewable energy.”

This new agreement is part of an on-going campaign at Penn to become greener and to show its commitment to a sustainable environment. The Penn student group Green Campus Partnership has been engaged in this effort that includes recycling audits and lobbying for more efficient energy usage.

“There has been a lot of talk recently about universities’ responsibilities not only to instruct their students about environmental stewardship but to practice such stewardship,” Robert Giegengack, professor of earth and environmental science at Penn, said. “This has translated into student campaigns to increase recycling or to establish bike paths, but relatively little attention has been paid to a university’s biggest impact on the environment: its energy appetite.”

Penn’s previous significant wind energy purchases, supplied by Exelon-Community Energy Wind Farms in Pennsylvania, catalyzed the industry in the state, spurring the development of additional renewable generation facilities. Because purchases of green power support the development of new renewable generation facilities, Penn’s latest commitment is expected to have the same effect nationally.

“Penn continues to lead the way at a time when our energy and climate future demands strong leaders,” Brent Alderfer, president of Community Energy Inc. of Wayne, Pa., said. “Penn’s decision to step up to a top-10 national-level wind purchase sets a new benchmark in higher education.”


November 11, 2005
Renowned Architect David Chipperfield Selected to Create New Master Plan for Penn Museum
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PHILADELPHIA — The renowned British architect David Chipperfield has been selected to develop a comprehensive new master plan to take the University Of Pennsylvania Museum Of Anthropology and Archaeology, its complex historical building and its international research, collections and educational outreach into the 21st century.

Chipperfield was selected following an international search by a committee of representatives of Penn Museum’s Board of Overseers and staff, Penn’s School of Design and Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services.

“The Penn Museum is one of the great treasures of the University, the city of Philadelphia, the region and the world,” said Amy Gutmann, Penn president. “More than a century since its grand building first opened in 1899, now is an appropriate and exciting time to re-envision the Museum —— and to do so with an architect of such international stature.”

“Museology, anthropological research and collections management practices have all changed radically since the Museum’s first, grand-scale master plan of the 1890s,” said Richard M. Leventhal, Williams Director of Penn Museum. “In the last decade, we’ve made enormous progress responding to long-term collections care needs and taking the first steps toward eventual Museum-wide air conditioning. The time is right for a building master plan that lets us take advantage of our internationally renowned research, world-class collections and firm commitment to education in new, synergistic ways. David Chipperfield’s experience, philosophy and comprehensive planning approach can help us move forward."

London- and Berlin-based David Chipperfield Architects has won some of Europe’s most prestigious commissions, including the master plan for Museum Island and the restoration of the Neues Museum in Berlin. His U.S. projects include the recently announced expansion of the Saint Louis Art Museum; the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa; and the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. This will be the first Philadelphia-area project for the architect.

The master planning that Chipperfield enters into with Penn and the Museum will be an intensive, year-long process that re-considers museum space in light of current and future objectives. The final plan, which will include strategies for implementation, will provide a holistic vision for the Museum, a blending of new and old building elements to accommodate state-of-the-art exhibitions and research work and inspiration for scholars, students and the general public.

Chipperfield Architects will be partnering locally with Atkin Olshin Lawson-Bell Architects (architects of the Museum’s Mainwaring Wing for collections study and storage, completed in 2002) and landscape architects Olin Partnership (architects of the Trescher Main Entrance garden and master planners for the University of Pennsylvania). Keast & Hood Structural Engineers and Marvin Waxman Engineers (both of whom have experience working in Penn Museum) and cost consultant Davis Langdon round out the team.

From 1994 to 2004, under the leadership of Jeremy Sabloff, the previous Williams Director of the Museum, Penn Museum responded to pressing concerns about long-term collections management by building the $17 million Mainwaring Wing for collections storage and study, which opened in 2002. In May 2005, the Museum completed the first phase of Project FARE — Future Air Conditioning, Renovation and Expansion; 20,000 additional square feet of museum space with adequate room for an eventual air-conditioning system — was constructed under the Upper Courtyard garden, which was refurbished and reopened. In the summer of 2005, Atkin Olshin Lawson-Bell Architects completed a Historic Structures Report made possible by the Heritage Philadelphia Program and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Founded in 1887, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has a world-class collection of artifacts, many obtained through its own excavation work, from around the globe. An active research institution, the Museum has led more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to every inhabited continent. Educational programming has been an integral aspect of the Museum since its inception. The Museum engages in educational outreach through in-house and traveling exhibitions, publications, an active school program, outreach lectures and a wide variety of programs geared to children, families and adults.

March 18, 2005
Penn Announces $100 Million Mixed-Use Development in University City
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Philadelphia — The University of Pennsylvania and Hanover RS Limited partnership of Texas will develop a $100 million mixed-use building of luxury apartments, retail shops and a parking garage at the northwest corner of 34th and Chestnut streets in University City. The University currently operates a surface parking lot at that location and will lease the land to Hanover for 65 years.

The $100 million project will be seven or eight stories and include 295 luxury apartments with approximately 325,000 gross square feet, a five-story parking structure with approximately 320 parking spaces and, on the first floor, approximately 26,000 square feet of commericial and retail space.

“University City continues to attract new development, new businesses and new residents to one of Philadelphia’s most vibrant neighborhoods,” said Omar H. Blaik, senior vice president of facilities and real estate services at Penn.

“This project is part of our East Campus strategy and is indicative of Penn’s commitment to engage locally in building communities and investing in job creation and economic development.” The groundbreaking will be in September. Completion of the project is expected by late 2007.


March 29, 2004
University of Pennsylvania Finalizes Purchase of U.S. Postal Service Property
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PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania announced today that it has finalized arrangements for the acquisition of the U.S. Postal Service Philadelphia 30th Street facility, a 24- acre parcel of land in the University City section of Philadelphia. The agreements signed on March 26 by representatives of Penn and the Postal Service cover a site west of the Schuylkill River and east of the Penn campus between Market and South streets. The University will be acquiring all of the Postal Service holdings in the area, including the main post office building at 30th and Market streets and, to the south, its Annex building, a parking garage at 31st and Chestnut streets and 14-acre surface parking lot south of Walnut Street. These additional 24 acres expand Penn campus to the east, creating new development opportunities, as well as physically connecting the campus to the Schuylkill River and Amtrak 30th Street Station.

The acquisition is a key component of the University 25-year Campus Plan, a long-term strategy for controlled, consistent development of the Penn campus, and a key part of the strategy for development by the Schuylkill River Development Corporation. Planning for the site is being coordinated with the master plans of the city and the SRDC for improvements and development on the east and west sides of the river.

“Our purchase of the postal lands is a significant milestone for both Penn and Philadelphia,” Penn President Judith Rodin said. It will ultimately have the effect of connecting University City and Center City and has the potential to create a new research and technology zone, residential and recreational areas and a variety of other activities. It will create jobs, improve the quality of life and transform the western side of the riverfront, she said. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, we have joined an unprecedented development partnership involving the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, the Delaware River Port Authority, the U.S. Postal Service, the University City District, Amtrak, the Army Corps of Engineers, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, among others. This project is one of the most promising economic development initiatives for the Philadelphia region in decades."

“The Postal Service is delighted that we were able to complete this agreement with the University of Pennsylvania,” said S. David Fineman, chairman of the Postal Service Board of Governors.

“With this sale and completion of our new plant in Southwest Philadelphia, we look forward to our continued partnership with Penn, The city of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the economic development of the region.”

Mayor John F. Street views the purchase as a key component of the city plans for the redevelopment of Philadelphia riverfront areas.

“The City of Philadelphia looks forward to working with the University of Pennsylvania as it embarks on this exciting redevelopment of one of the City’s waterfront landmarks, Street said.

The substantial investment by Penn in the existing main post office building and the 14 acres of undeveloped riverfront is just one indication of the positive impact we can have by focusing our efforts on the underutilized waterfront. This project is exactly what I had envisioned when I spoke about the need to turn our attention to the opportunities that await us along the Schuylkill River, along the Northern Delaware River and within the Navy Yard.”

Under the agreement, Penn will take ownership of the site in 2007. While the Postal Service will continue to occupy parts of the main post office building as a tenant, the remaining properties and much of the main building will be available for redevelopment. Rodin explained that planning for the development of the site continues to be a joint effort among several organizations.

In the past year we have spent a considerable amount of time working with all of the major players in the Schuylkill Gateway area to form a common vision that serves Penn, the surrounding institutions and the city at large,Rodin said. Now that the agreement is finalized, we will step up this planning effort to solidify future development plans for the site