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:

Penn Connects 3.0: A Renewed Vision for the Future

Penn Connects 3.0 – 2017 to 2022
Over a decade ago, we formulated a blueprint for transforming the University of Pennsylvania campus. We called our plan Penn Connects, an assertive statement to create an eminently vibrant and innovative urban university, deeply connected to our local community with far-reaching global perspectives. Penn Park, the Singh Center and the New College House exemplify reinvented campus gateways, enlivening mixed-use connections to the city.

Penn Connects 2.0 reaffirmed our commitment to sustainably invest in Penn’s historic West Philadelphia campus and we boldly embarked on new technology transfer initiatives at the Pennovation Works. With the opening of the Penn Wharton China Center, Penn’s global reach now extends to Beijing.

Since 2006, Penn has added 30.25 acres of new open space, 6.1 million square feet of new construction, and reinvested in 2.7 million square feet of renovated space. These capital achievements represent a combined public and private $3.8 billion investment.

Penn Connects 3.0 will continue our transformation of all aspects of Penn’s teaching and scholarship, research and client care, living and learning experience, community engagement and a sustainable vision for the future.

 

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.

 

Wharton Academic Research Building

Wharton Academic Research Building
This new 65,000 GSF building will link to the south side of Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall. Four floors of academic and research space will include flat floor classrooms, group study rooms, research centers and shared conference rooms. On the ground level, a new enclosed loading dock and electrical substation will replace the existing surface loading dock and the existing substation, currently located in an underground vault. Woodland Walk will be restored from 36th to 37th Streets invoking the design intent of Ian McHarg’s original 1957 series of squares and walks. The project is planned to begin construction in Spring 2018 and be completed in summer 2020.

 

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 Fall 2018.

 

Evans Main Clinic and Schattner Addition

Evans Main Clinic and Schattner Addition
The first component of this project is the renovation of the flagship main clinic on the second floor of the Evans building, including new energy efficient windows and a new roof. The second component is the construction of a two-story addition to the west of the Schattner Building entrance hall, into the existing garden area. This extension will connect to the main floor and second floor of the Schattner Building, with the intention to provide additional student gathering space on the first floor, and connect the Levy and Schattner Buildings, while providing a waiting room on the 2nd floor.

 

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.