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.
Singh Center for Nanotechnology
The new Singh Center for Nanotechnology will encourage the collaboration, exchange, and integration of knowledge that characterizes the study of this emerging field of research, and will combine the resources of both the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS).
Golkin Hall Awarded LEED Gold
Golkin Hall, the newest addition to the four-building University of Pennsylvania Law School campus has been awarded LEED Gold status for new construction by the U.S. Green Building Council, a coveted recognition of best-in-class building strategies for energy and environmental design.
Edward W. Kane Park, located in front of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) at 33rd and Spruce Streets, opened to pedestrian traffic in early December 2012. The project, supported by a gift from Edward W. Kane, C '71, turned what was formerly an asphalt parking lot into a public green space for the enjoyment by Penn community members and campus visitors. The park features benches, lighting, seasonal plantings, street trees, decorative paving, and a lawn area.
evo at Cira Centre South
The Cira Chestnut Tower (30th and Chestnut Streets), to be known as evo at Cira Centre South, will offer an 850-bed, upscale housing option designed for graduate and professional students. The building, a joint project of Brandywine Realty Trust, Campus Crest, and Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, is scheduled to open in Fall 2014.
The ARCH (Arts, Research and Culture House) at 36th and Locust Walk has moved into the construction phase for renovations to serve as a center of campus life. Plans include a lounge, gallery, conference and group study rooms with state of the art technology, expanded office space, an outdoor terrace and indoor cafĂ©, an auditorium for lectures, performances, or receptions, and restoration of historic architectural features.
Shoemaker Green, a 2.75 acre, $8.5 million open space project off 33rd Street between Franklin Field and the Palestra that connects the central campus to the University's new Penn Park on the eastern side, is now open. Sustainable design aspects highlight the project, including a rain garden, porous pavers, a cistern for rainwater reuse, and other green elements which support Penn's Climate Action Plan. The green space was chosen as one of more than 150 pilot projects around the globe to test a new Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) rating system for landscapes.
Penn Connects 2.0: A Renewed Vision
Penn Connects 2.0 builds upon the accomplishments of Phase 1 and the acquisition of a 23 acre former industrial parcel located south of campus along the Schuylkill River.
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.