Quick Facts: 
  • The project was designed and constructed to achieve the targeted LEED Silver Certification for new construction through the US Green Building Council
  • A large open landscaped lawn area
  • A series of green roofs and a below grade cistern will manage the storm water
  • Low-flow and low consumption plumbing fixtures are anticipated to achieve a reduction in water usage of 30-40% over the baseline

On September 13, President Amy Gutmann and faculty director, Campbell Grey hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open Penn’s 12th College House.

“Penn is a university of firsts,” said Gutmann. “We are here today to celebrate you, students who are now members of this unique place and this great tradition. Now and forever more, you will be able to point to this amazing building and say, ‘I lived here first.’”

The New College House is the first residential building on campus to be specifically designed and built to accommodate the intellectual, cultural and social activities that have become the hallmark of the College House Program since its adoption 15 years ago.

The building, located at 33rd and Chestnut Streets, and adjacent to 34th Street, will frame a new gateway to campus and house 350 students, faculty, and staff in a shared community. The building was constructed to achieve a LEED Silver Certification through the US Green Building Council. It features a large open landscaped lawn area that doubles as a green roof and preserves the green space of the former Hill Field.

Lead donors for the project thus far are Emeritus Trustee Stephen Heyman W’59 and his wife, Barbara, and the Lauder Family, including Emeritus Trustee Leonard Lauder and University Trustee William Lauder.

“The Lauder Foundation and Stephen and Barbara Heyman have made transformative investments in undergraduate life at Penn,” President Gutmann said. “Their contributions go to the very heart of the Penn experience -- enriching students' campus homes so that they are even more satisfying and supportive of academic life. Generations of students will share our gratitude for their generosity." 

A variety of naming opportunities remain, from seminar and study rooms to the first floor media room and living room, as well as the Dining Pavilion, upper floor lounges and reading rooms, and the signature lifted lawn.

Those interested in naming opportunities ranging from $150,000 to $3M should contact Deb Dionis at 215-898-9989.