Penn Announces New College House at Hill Field

The University of Pennsylvania recently announced it will build a new college house at Hill Field as part of PennConnects, a residential program that started back in 1998 and already includes 11 student residences within the larger campus area.

The University of Pennsylvania recently announced it will build a new college house at Hill Field as part of PennConnects, a residential program started in 1998 that already includes 11 student residences within the larger campus area.

University of Pennsylvania New College House

The new building will occupy roughly 198,000 square feet of space at the corner of 33rd, 34th, Walnut and Chestnut streets. At six stories high, the building will include a combination of 94 apartments that will accommodate 350 undergraduate students along with 15 faculty and staff members. The new college house will also feature classrooms, music practice spaces, a media center, student lounges and a new dining venue. A central courtyard called the Lifted Lawn will serve as an outdoor recreation space and small concerts venue for the building’s residents.

Around half of the $125 million required for this project has already been raised from various sources including private donations from Emeritus Trustee Stephen Heyman W’59 and his wife, Barbara Heyman, and the Lauder Foundation, according to the university.

Penn’s new college house was designed by Philadelphia-based architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to achieve LEED Platinum certification thanks to a number of “green” features such as the use of locally sourced recycled construction materials and the creation of a green roof as part of a stormwater management plan, NakedPhilly reports.

Construction at the new student residence will begin in 2014 and will be completed by the fall 2016 semester.

Rendering via the University of Pennsylvania