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.
Construction wrapped up in August 2015 on the second phase of the 40th Street promenade project, mixed-use developments around the corner of 40th and Chestnut Streets. HUB 3939 symbolizes an attempt to attract undergraduate and graduate students to live closer to campus in high quality, professionally managed, safe and secure properties.
Pennovation Works (formerly called South Bank)
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 will be anchored by the Pennovation Center, a new business incubator and accelerator that will provide lab space and a hub for collaboration, creativity and the exchange of ideas for innovators from all disciplines. Construction is underway for the Pennovation Center and completion is anticipated in Summer 2016.
Perry World House
The Perry World House will create 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 will anchor Penn's global resources on an interdisciplinary campus while creating partnerships abroad. The $17.8 million project is under construction with an expected occupancy in Spring 2016.
Neural and Behavioral Sciences Building
This Winter, construction began on the Neural and Behavioral Sciences Building, which will serve as the center of collaboration between the converging disciplines of biology and psychology. The NBS Building will sit 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.
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. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on the site at 34th and Chestnut Streets in November 2013, and the New College House will welcome its first residents in Fall 2016.
FMC Tower at Cira Centre South
Construction has begun 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.