Welcome to Penn Connects — A Vision for the Future.

While the entire site is a repository of information on the plan, this section is organized to provide viewers a snapshot of the latest information about how the plan is progressing.

Check back regularly for new postings on updates and progress on the planning, design, and building of Penn’s campus.

 

Latest Updates:

New College House West

New College House West
The University of Pennsylvania announced plans for New College House West, a 250,000 sq. ft. residential building designed specifically as a college house, part of Penn's residential system that brings together undergraduates, faculty, staff and graduate students to form shared communities within the context of the larger campus. The new 450-bed undergraduate college house will occupy a site bounded by Locust Walk, Walnut Street and 40th Street. The estimated completion date is Summer 2021, and the project will target LEED Silver.

 

4001 Chestnut Street

4001 Chestnut Street
Work is underway to completely renovate the existing vacant buildings at 4001-4003 Chestnut Street in order to create retail and office spaces and three residential apartments. The project will include a landscaped green space at the northern end of the site. Designed by Philadelphia-based Interface Studio Architects, LLC, the estimated completion date is summer 2018, and the project will target LEED Silver.

 

400 South 40th Street

400 South 40th Street
Construction is proceeding on track at 40th and Pine Streets on what will be a 70,000 SF, five-story apartment building with 119 individual units. Designed for graduate and professional students, this building is close enough to campus that those with non-traditional work and study schedules can get to and from their laboratories, hospitals, and research spaces safely and easily. The estimated completion date is summer 2018, and the building will target LEED Silver.

 

Hill College House

Hill College House
August 2017 marked the completion of a complete renovation of Hill College House, an internationally recognized architectural landmark located at the corner of 33rd and Walnut streets. Originally constructed as a women's dormitory in 1960, the upgrades to Hill College House include renovations to all bedrooms and common spaces, more individualized study spaces, the addition of air conditioning, and a redesigned and expanded modern dining hall. To begin the 2017-2018 academic year, Hill College House welcomed 500 freshmen to their new home.

 

Robbins

Robbins House
The newly renovated 7,120 SF Larry Robbins House, formerly known as 3537 Locust Walk, adds office, lounge, and work space for Penn Engineering and Wharton's joint Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology. Completed in Summer 2017, the design integrates the historic building with a contemporary addition, with three floors will offering a mixture of offices, study areas, lounge spaces, and a multipurpose seminar room.

 

Pennovation Works

Pennovation Works
The development plan for the Pennovation Works envisions a new University asset devoted to advancing research and innovation and the commercialization of research into new products, services and entrepreneurial ventures. Pennovation Works is anchored by the Pennovation Center, a business incubator and accelerator that provides lab space and a hub for collaboration, creativity and the exchange of ideas for innovators from all disciplines. In fall of 2017, the Office Building on the Works site was renovated with 24,000 SF now available for new tenants.

 

The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics

The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics
The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics (PCPSE) will bring together the School of Arts & Sciences' strengths in engaged global Social Science research and teaching. Construction began in December 2015 on a new facility that will combine a rehabilitation of the existing building at 133 S. 36th Street with a significant addition to its north. Completion of PCPSE is anticipated in spring 2018.

 

Penn Connects 2: A Renewed Vision Phase II

Penn Connects: A Vision for the Future, adopted in 2006, set out an exciting blueprint for the campus. Penn Connects 2.0 builds on that comprehensive strategy and reinforces the University's sustainability objectives. Over the last decade, Penn has added 27.25 acres of new open space, 6 million sf of new construction, and 2.4 million sf of renovation, representing a total commitment of public and private investment of $3.8 billion. The plan supports teaching and scholarship, medical research and clinical care, living and learning, and campus and community. View a video of how Penn's campus has been transformed, by honoring its history while creating a vibrant and innovative urban university for the 21st century and beyond.