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.
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. A ceremonial groundbreaking for the Pennovation Center occurred in October 2014.
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.
Spring 2014 marked the completion of the $24.5 million renovation of Penn's Arts, Research and Culture House (ARCH), the late-Gothic Revival building located at 36th Street and Locust Walk, which includes a new cafĂ©, lounges, study spaces and a high-tech multi-use auditorium/classroom. The ARCH is home to three cultural resource centers: La Casa Latina, Makuu: The Black Cultural Center and the Pan-Asian American Community House as well as the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.
Construction is underway for 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.
Neural Behavioral Sciences
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.
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).
evo at Cira Centre South
The Cira Chestnut Tower (30th and Chestnut Streets), known as evo at Cira Centre South, opened in August 2014, offering an 850-bed, upscale housing option designed for graduate and professional students. The building is a joint project of Brandywine Realty Trust, Campus Crest, and Harrison Street Real Estate Capital.