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.
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 at the Pennovation Center; its first Innovator, PERCH – the Penn Engineering Research and Collaboration Hub – moved in to its space on the 3rd floor in April 2016. Completion of the Pennovation Center 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 $18.95 million project is under construction with an expected occupancy in Fall 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.
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 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. A handful of tenants, including some Penn offices, are scheduled for occupancy in August 2016. FMC will begin to occupy its segment on the building in Fall 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.