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.
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.
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.
New College House at Hill Field
The New College House on Hill Field is Penn's first-ever residential building specifically designed as a college house, the University's residential system that brings together undergraduates, faculty, staff, and graduate students to form shared communities within the larger campus context. To begin the 2016-2017 academic year, the New College House welcomed 340 freshman to their new home. In subsequent years, the building will open its doors to students of all undergraduate classes.
Perry World House
The Perry World House is a gathering place where Penn students and faculty engage with eminent international scholars and policymakers on pressing global issues of the 21st century. As a hub for international exchange and activity, the Perry World House anchors Penn's global resources on an interdisciplinary campus while creating partnerships abroad. A two-day celebration of lectures and presentations marked the building's opening in September 2016.
Stephen A. Levin Building
In April 2016, construction was completed on the Stephen A. Levin Building for neural and behavioral sciences, which will serve as the center of collaboration between the converging disciplines of biology and psychology. The Levin Building Building sits between the Leidy Labs at 3740 Hamilton Walk and the Carolyn Lynch Labs at 433 South University Ave., creating a "neighborhood" of life science learning, teaching, and research.
FMC Tower at Cira Centre South
Construction is nearing completion on the FMC Tower at 30th and Walnut Streets – the final phase in the collaborative redevelopment of U.S. Postal Service Facilities by Penn, Brandywine Realty Trust and FMC Corporation. It will serve as a dramatic model of pioneering urban development in Philadelphia and as a gateway to the dynamic educational, healthcare and entrepreneurial institutions in University City. The FMC Corporation, as well as some Penn offices, moved in to the building during August 2016.
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.
Richards Medical Research Building C and D Towers
Renovations to the Richards Medical Labs' C and D Towers, 3700 Hamilton Walk, were completed in October 2015. The work completed (and planned for the remainder of Richards) brings the building up to present standards for life safety, accessibility and sustainability, as well as meet current Regulatory requirements. The A and B Towers are scheduled for renovation in the 2018-19 fiscal year.