Penn has achieved tremendous success in Phase 1 of Penn Connects (2006-2010), with nearly all of the projects either complete, under construction, or in their design phase. These accomplishments have also succeeded in strengthening connections between University City and Center City.
In Phase 1 nine major new building projects and ten significant renovation projects have been completed.
The building and renovation projects encompass over 3.8m gross square feet (GSF) of new and renovated space: 198,000 GSF new academic and renovated space; 1,400,000 GSF of new medical research and clinical space; 70,000 GSF of new and renovated student life space; 810,000 GSF of renovated residential space; 652,000 GSF of new third party residential space; 78,000 GSF of new third party retail space; and, 600,000 GSF in the Cira South Garage.
This building program is contributing to a better campus environment and moving Penn toward achieving its stated goals. There are several particularly noteworthy projects, including the award winning renovation and expansion of the Music Building, the Annenberg Public Policy Center, the Weiss Pavilion at Franklin Field, the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and the Roberts Proton Therapy Center.
Phase 1 also included the attraction of private commercial development. Domus added 420 new beds in a new housing option to the Penn community while enhancing an important pedestrian entrance to the campus. The Radian added 500 beds, marketed to undergraduate students and has added to the vibrancy of Walnut Street. The HUB is the first of a three phase private housing project enlivening the 40th Street corridor.
An additional Phase 1 achievement included the renovation and repurposing by Brandywine Realty Trust of the one-million square foot US Post Office building at 30th and Market Streets for the Internal Revenue Service. This major accomplishment ensures the reuse of an important Philadelphia architectural landmark providing first class office space for 5,000 employees in University City.
In summary, Penn, together with its development partners, has constructed or renovated 4.8m GSF during Phase 1 of Penn Connects. A summary of all projects completed in Phase 1 (2006-2010) is shown in the adjacent diagram.
* Third party development