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New College House Philadelphia

University Building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania design by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects, USA

Sep 9, 2016

Design: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Location: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson announces the opening of New College House, the University of Pennsylvania’s first purpose-built college house in Penn’s college house system designed to bring together undergraduates, faculty, staff and graduate students in a shared community. Penn will officially celebrate the opening of New College House with a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 13.

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New College House at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

Designed to enrich the academic life of its students and embody the vibrancy of its urban setting, New College House is poised to enliven the campus experience for the 21st century and beyond. The first residents in the 198,000-square-foot building moved in on August 24.

Bounded by Woodland Walk and 34th and Chestnut streets, New College House frames a critical gateway to campus. The design preserves vital open space and welcomes visitors to the campus along the 125 Years of Women at Penn walk with a generous lifted lawn.

Secured by a tall, transparent gateway pavilion, the entrance sequence into the New College House passes through a garden courtyard, which is encircled on three sides by the building. The fourth side connects visually with the top of the sloping lawn, doubling as the dining cafe’s green roof and, for its full extent, as a grand public open space for the entire campus.

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Inside the seven-story building is an array of interconnected rooms, all with distinct spatial qualities and characteristics that foster diverse social and learning activities. Suite-style residences accommodate 350 students, along with living spaces for faculty, graduate students and fellows, house deans and residential advisors. In addition to shared common areas, New College House has dedicated spaces for music, a media center, seminar rooms, and administrative offices.

“In this city of neighborhoods, we sought to embrace the many scales of community that define the collegiate experience unique to Penn,” says Frank Grauman, design principal from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s Philadelphia office. “The New College House is, therefore, both inviting and secure, open and private, embodying the comfort of home, and the power to form a campus gateway worthy of this place.”

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The building’s façade consists of brick and limestone, which is punctuated by vertical glass towers revealing interior circulation and lounge spaces with views of Penn’s surrounding campus community and Center City. The house’s design with materials and operations is targeting a LEED certification of Silver or greater.

“The building delights on so many levels-its marvelous integration of public and private open space, its sophisticated approach to fostering communities at multiple levels, its integration with the urban fabric, its deft use of materials, its craftsmanship, and, in particular, its assured manipulation of scale, which breaks down what is actually an enormous building into multiple integrated parts at human scale,” describes David Hollenberg, University Architect. “The New College House will, we believe, instantly become an integral part of the landscape of residential living at Penn.”

About Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, founded in 1965, is a national architecture practice noted for elegant and humane design, ranging from modest houses to large academic, civic, cultural and corporate buildings. To date, the firm has received more than 650 regional, national and international awards for design, including three AIA Top Ten Green Project Awards and the AIA Architecture Firm Award.

Founding Principal Peter Bohlin was also awarded the AIA Gold Medal, the highest honor an individual architect can receive. The firm is well known for its work with Apple, designing stores such as the iconic Fifth Avenue cube in New York City and flagship stores worldwide. The practice has also created headquarters for Pixar, Adobe and Square, and city halls in Seattle and Newport Beach, CA. For more information, please

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New College House at the University of Pennsylvania – Building Information

Construction Manager: Intech Construction
Landscape Architecture: Michael Vergason Landscape Architects
Structural Engineering: CVM
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: AHA Consulting Engineers
Civil Engineering: Pennoni

Food Service Consulting: Hammer Design Associates
Lighting Design: Atelier Ten
Acoustic and Audiovisual Consulting: Metropolitan Acoustics
Waste Management: Niche Recycling, Inc.
Hardware Consulting: Jack Soeffing Consultant
Vertical Transportation: Van Deusen & Associates
Cost Estimators: Davis Langdon

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Location: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States

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