Penn Connects 2.0: A Renewed Vision for the Future
Penn Connects: A Vision for the Future set out an exciting blueprint for the Penn campus.This 2006 plan was a direct response to the Penn Compact and the campus wide opportunities presented by the acquisition of the former US Post Office Building at 30th and Market Streets, the Post Office Annex, and 14 acres of land along the Schuylkill River. It provided clear recommendations for incorporating these postal acquisitions into the campus, establishing a major physical presence for Penn along the Schuylkill River, and for creating new connections between the campus and Center City. Since 2006, Penn has completed nearly all of the projects set out as part of the Phase 1 implementation plan, resulting in a far-reaching, positive impact on the campus and community beyond.
The renewed vision of Penn Connects 2.0 builds upon the accomplishments of Phase 1 and the acquisition of a 23 acre former industrial parcel located at 3401 Grays Ferry Avenue, just south of campus along the Schuylkill River.Penn Connects 2.0 enhances and reinforces the planning and design vision for the campus in response to emerging sustainability goals. The renewed vision is based on the following four principles:
Focus the academic mission in the core campus, highlighting the integration of Penn's outstanding 12 schools.
Encourage connections within and beyond the campus to embrace interdisciplinary academic pursuit, research discovery and clinical care.
Develop vibrant living and activity spaces that support the learning environment.
Employ University sustainability goals and objectives to inform future development. In particular, balance new construction with adaptive reuse opportunities.
The above principles coalesce around five primary themes in Phase 2, a five-year horizon from 2011-2015:
- 1. Penn Connects:
- Teaching and Scholarship
- Encourage integration of knowledge between 12 schools.
- 2. Penn Connects:
- Research and Clinical Care
- Encourage integration of knowledge from "bench to bedside."
- 3. Penn Connects:
- Living and Learning
- Encourage integration of knowledge beyond the classroom.
- 4. Penn Connects:
- Campus and Community
- Encourage integration of knowledge with local and global partners.
- 5. Penn Connects:
- Past and Future
- Encourage integration of knowledge via reinvestment and new growth.