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:

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.

 

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.

 

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. The Center's first Innovator, PERCH – the Penn Engineering Research and Collaboration Hub, moved in to its space on the 3rd floor in April 2016. The building was 'open for business' in September 2016 and a formal dedication ceremony was held on October 28, 2016.

 

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.