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 3.0 – 2017 to 2022
Over a decade ago, we set out to transform the University of Pennsylvania campus. We called our vision for the future Penn Connects, because we were intent on creating the most vibrant, sustainable and innovative urban university that's deeply connected to our local community with far-reaching global perspectives. Signature projects such as Penn Park, the Singh Center for Nanotechnology and the New College House at Hill Field capture the spirit of new green spaces, reinvented campus gateways, and deepened mixed-use connections to the city.
Penn Connects 2.0 then upped our investment in Penn's historic West Philadelphia campus, while boldly creating a new innovation ecosystem exemplified by the exciting new Pennovation Works. With the opening of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in D.C. and the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing, Penn's leadership in global affairs now extends beyond our Philadelphia campus to the capitals of two major nations.
Here in our beloved home of Philadelphia, since 2006, Penn has added 6 million square feet of new construction and we have reinvested in 2.7 million square feet of renovated space while also adding 30.25 acres of new open space. These capital achievements represent a combined public and private investment of $3.8 billion.
And we are by no means done!
Our vision for Penn Connects 3.0 will continue the transformation of our spectacular urban campus, supporting all aspects of Penn’s teaching and scholarship, research and clinical care, while enriching our students' living and learning experiences, strengthening community engagement and advancing sustainable leadership.
This new seven-story, 68,000 SF building will house both the Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship and Wharton Small Business Development staff. Supporting student entrepreneurship and innovation, the building will include incubator spaces to pilot student-led ventures such as a Makerspace, Test Kitchen, and Integrated Product Design (IPD) space in partnership with the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Penn Design. The building will also have two floors, one of which will house Wharton Research Centers, and one floor of administrative space to house Wharton Computing.
New College House West
New College House West will be a 250,000 sq. ft. residential building designed specifically as a college house, part of Penn's residential system that brings together undergraduates, faculty, staff and graduate students to form shared communities within the context of the larger campus. The new 450-bed undergraduate college house will occupy a site bounded by Locust Walk, Walnut Street and 40th Street. Now under construction, estimated completion date is summer 2021, and the project will target LEED silver.
Wharton Academic Research Building
This new 80,450 GSF building will link to the south side of Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall. Four floors of academic and research space will include flat floor classrooms, group study rooms, research centers and shared conference rooms. On the ground level, a new enclosed loading dock and electrical substation will replace the existing surface loading dock and the existing substation, currently located in an underground vault. Woodland Walk will be restored from 36th to 37th Streets invoking the design intent of Ian McHarg's original 1957 series of squares and walks. The project is under construction and anticipated to be completed in summer 2020.
The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics
The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics (PCPSE) opened in fall 2018, bringing together the School of Arts & Sciences' strengths in engaged global Social Science research and teaching. The new facility combines a rehabilitation of the existing building at 133 S. 36th Street with a significant addition to its north.
Penn Squash Center
The University began a major update to the Penn Athletics' Penn Squash Center in July 2018. The ongoing renovation will serve to improve the area’s circulation and connectivity while enhancing the spectator experience by relocating columns, renovating mezzanine seating, and updating lighting and design features. The number of squash courts will be increased from 10 to 12, featuring two new glass exhibition courts, and all courts will now be sized to International court dimensions. The $18.7M project is expected to be completed in September 2019.