Phase 1 Design and Development
This first phase of development at the Pennovation Works was a $38 million investment by Penn and included the Pennovation Center, site landscaping and infrastructure improvements, along with signage and branding. The site planning called for design of the Pennovation Plaza and surrounding landscape which establishes a connection from the perimeter inward and forms a central active outdoor hub for tenants, as well as an instrumented, outdoor robotics lab.
The 58,000 sq. ft. Pennovation Center houses two floors of co-working space for individual entrepreneurs and startups from the University and the private sector who are seeking affordable and flexible office space. The Center creates and hosts workshops, programs and professional-development resources for this community. These floors include wet and dry labs with shared lab-support equipment, meeting rooms and social areas. The third floor is occupied by the Penn Engineering Research and Collaboration Hub (PERCH), integrating computer science and electrical, mechanical and systems engineering.
The creative design team which collaborated with Penn on the project includes HWKN, design architect; KSS Architects, architect of record; landscape architects Land Collective; and graphic design consultants Bruce Mau Design.
Summer 2016 marked the completion of the Pennovation Center and the first phase of the Pennovation Works site improvements. PERCH opened in Spring 2016. The University hosted a Pennovation Center Grand Opening and ribbon-cutting on October 28, 2016.