Excavation is progressing at the University of Pennsylvania’s New College House West site. The $163 million project will be designed specifically as an undergraduate college house, part of Penn’s residential system of shared communities, and the University of Pennsylvania’s first new construction of a college house in more than 40 years.

The new undergraduate college house will occupy a site bounded by Locust Walk, Walnut Street and 40th street, adjacent to the West Philadelphia branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The project will target LEED Silver certification.

The project began construction in spring of 2018 and is expected to open for occupancy in Fall 2021.


About the New College House West Project

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At almost 250,000 SF, New College House West will house student rooms in suite arrangements, as well as supporting college house functions such as a coffee bar, dining area, seminar and study rooms, a living room, and a fitness room. The building will have a 13-story tower along Walnut Street, with two low-rise 5-story wings projecting to the south, and will accommodate 435 student beds and four faculty apartments. The building was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.

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