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University of Pennsylvania for Penn Connects with Sasaki Associates, Inc.
Rendering by Michael McCann
Penn Connects 2.0: A Renewed Vision for the Future builds upon the vision set in Phase 1.0. Many new buildings and significant renovation projects were completed in Phase 1.
Phase 2.0 identifies implementation projects for 2010 – 2015. It integrates campus with the city form and emerging plans for the context. It takes into consideration changes to the campus including recent land acquisition. It reinforces Penn’s goals to integrate academic programs and research; reach out to local/global partners; and target reinvestment in the campus/community. It illustrates the partnerships formed with adjacent institutions and private developers.
The jury said, “It is a university project but also a City of Philadelphia project in terms of its impact and how it extends the city. It gives to the city.”
Eleven new construction and renovation projects are planned including the Singh Center for Nanotechnology and the High Bay Research Lab. These projects will improve the learning environment and encourage collaboration and interaction.
Five new facilities and four renovations will enhance research and clinical care collaboration including the Translational Research Center and renovations of Fahn’s Richards Medical Research Labs.
Three new housing facilities will provide new living options including a new College House.
The plan is coordinated with Penn’s Climate Action Plan and encourages facility investment and renewal; reinforces multi-modal campus access; incorporates Penn’s stormwater management plan; and supports citywide green initiatives.
The Civic Framework coordinates campus improvements and connects the campus with the surrounding urban context, including improvements planned along the Schuylkill River.
Penn Connects 2.0 is outwardly focused and provides stronger connections to the adjacent University City area of West Philadelphia and with Center City (downtown Philadelphia).
Amy Gutman, President, University of Pennsylvania says “Phase 2 of Penn Connects renews and enhances our bold vision – join me as we renew the vision for our model urban campus, more integrated and sustainable than ever before.”
Project Team: University of Pennsylvania for Penn Connects with Sasaki Associates, Inc.
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