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Lauder College House Project


drawing of renovation plans

"Generations of Penn students will call this extraordinary place home." Dr. Amy Gutmann

Photo of New College House being constructed
Lauder College House Site, August 2015
Lauder College House project photos will be periodically posted throughout the construction process.

About the Lauder College House

  • The first signature residential building on Penn's campus specifically designed and built to maximize the College House experience.

  • Built to accommodate the intellectual, cultural, and social activities that have become the hallmark of Penn's College Houses.

  • Will frame the gateway to campus at 33rd and Chestnut Streets and will be adjacent to 34th Street, Chestnut Street, and the 125 Years of Women at Penn Walkway.

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  • Residential Design Features
    • Will house 350 students in multiple-bedroom suites in 1- 6 bedroom arrangements with private bathrooms
    • Major programmatic spaces around a central courtyard that serves the population of the building and encourages all residents to engage in the life of the House
    • Large living room designed as multipurpose space for a variety of events
    • A media center will be located on the first floor
    • Two seminar rooms with classroom instruction technology
    • Two music practice rooms for lessons and student practice
    • Community kitchens will allow residents to cook meals for themselves
    • Lounge areas on every floor
  • Dining Design Features
    • The dining program in the Lauder College House will be a hybrid on an 'a la carte menu' for breakfast, lunch, and late night service and a dinner service will consist of All-You-Care-To-Eat with an option for family style dining
    • The display cooking island will be a major focal point of the facility and feature a wok range, and grille for both vegan and non-vegan items
    • The focus will be on community dining. Dinner service is envisioned to be available in family style and include composed salads of the day, choice of a few entrees, vegetable, starch, dessert, and beverages
  • Sustainability
    • 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
  • College House System
    • 52% of our undergraduates reside with the College House System
    • 99% of the first year class and 50% of the second year class reside in the College House System
    • Third and fourth year students comprise the remaining 30% of College House residents with equal representation from both classes
    • The Lauder College House will provide the premier on-campus living experience with a flexible dining commons and private courtyard, similar to the Quadrangle's spaces in scale and feel
  • Project Team
    • Design Team: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is a Philadelphia based architectural office. They have received more than 460 regional, national, and international awards for design. They have designed projects such as The Liberty Bell Center on Independence Mall and Apple stores around the world
    • Construction Management Team: INTECH Construction was founded in 1986 and is a Philadelphia based construction manager and general contractor. They have completed significant College House renovations at Penn as well as the National Museum of American Jewish History
  • Project Budget and Schedule
    • Budget: $127 million
    • Schedule: Completion 2016
      • Fall 2013 Early site work begins
        January 2014 Construction begins
        July 2016 Construction complete
        August 2016 Move in for residents

Click here to see pictures of the Lauder College House groundbreaking celebration and read all about the Lauder College House groundbreaking.

For information about Lauder College House as it is today visit our Housing Options page.