The New College House, currently under construction, is the first signature residential building on campus to be specifically designed and built to maximize the College House experience. It will bring together undergraduates, faculty, staff, and graduate students in a dynamic shared community within the larger context of Penn’s vibrant urban campus.
Providing funds for the project to date are Emeritus Trustee Stephen Heyman, W’59, and his wife, Barbara Heyman, and the Lauder Foundation.
“The Lauder Foundation and Stephen and Barbara Heyman have made transformative investments in undergraduate life at Penn,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “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."
“Our family is thrilled to join together to help enrich the experience for future generations of the Penn family―the students, faculty and staff who will live and learn in the New College House,” said William P. Lauder on behalf of the Lauder Foundation.
“As a longtime trustee,” said Stephen Heyman, “I felt it was important to support one of the highest priorities of the University. Barbara and I are so pleased with the dramatic impact this New College House will have on Penn’s campus. Form and function will meet in this beautiful new space, all for the benefit of the student educational experience.”
Life in the College Houses has become a touchstone for generations of students who have made these unique 24/7 living and learning communities their homes. Fifteen years ago, the College House model was adopted for all undergraduate residences. Today, over half of Penn’s undergraduates live in Penn’s 11 College Houses.
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As the 12th, the New College House will be a hub of intellectual, social, and recreational activity. Meticulously conceived and executed, its unique design will foster myriad connections among students, faculty, and staff, and provide countless learning opportunities outside of the conventional classroom. Its impact on residents is destined to extend beyond their undergraduate years to last a lifetime.
Serving as a highly visible gateway to campus, the New College House will be bordered by 34th Street, Chestnut Street, and the 125 Years of Women at Penn Walkway, and it will front the Law School’s Silverman Hall and neighboring Hill College House. It will accommodate approximately 350 students, primarily in suites with three-, four-, five- and six-bedroom arrangements, with some single rooms and two-bedroom suites. The residential community will also include a Faculty Master, Faculty Fellows, a House Dean, and undergraduate and graduate Residential Advisors.
The building itself will rest gently on its site, with a sloping lawn that preserves open space by doubling as a green roof, and other sustainability features that qualify the building for LEED-Silver certification. A private internal courtyard will be an outdoor oasis for residents and a perfect venue for everything from small concerts, to barbecues, to casual relaxation.
The New College House is slated to welcome its first residents in the fall of 2016.