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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson announces the opening of
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NewCollegeHouseattheUniversityofPennsylvania.CourtesyBohlinCywinskiJackson
THEBOHLINCYWINSKIJACKSON-DESIGNEDNEWCOLLEGEHOUSEATTHEUNIVERSITYOFPENNSYLVANIA
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Philadelphia,PA(September8,2016)–BohlinCywinskiJacksonannouncestheopeningofNewCollegeHouse,
theUniversityofPennsylvania’sfirstpurpose-builtcollegehouseinPenn’scollegehousesystemdesignedtobring
togetherundergraduates,faculty,staffandgraduatestudentsinasharedcommunity.Pennwillofficiallycelebrate
theopeningofNewCollegeHousewitharibboncuttingceremonyonSeptember13.
Designedtoenrichtheacademiclifeofitsstudentsandembodythevibrancyofitsurbansetting,NewCollege
Houseispoisedtoenliventhecampusexperienceforthe21stcenturyandbeyond.Thefirstresidentsinthe
198,000-square-footbuildingmovedinonAugust24.
BoundedbyWoodlandWalkand34thandChestnutstreets,NewCollegeHouseframesacriticalgatewayto
campus.Thedesignpreservesvitalopenspaceandwelcomesvisitorstothecampusalongthe125Yearsof
WomenatPennwalkwithagenerousliftedlawn.Securedbyatall,transparentgatewaypavilion,theentrance
sequenceintotheNewCollegeHousepassesthroughagardencourtyard,whichisencircledonthreesidesbythe
building.Thefourthsideconnectsvisuallywiththetopoftheslopinglawn,doublingasthediningcafe’sgreenroof
and,foritsfullextent,asagrandpublicopenspacefortheentirecampus.
Insidetheseven-storybuildingisanarrayofinterconnectedrooms,allwithdistinctspatialqualitiesand
characteristicsthatfosterdiversesocialandlearningactivities.Suite-styleresidencesaccommodate350students,
alongwithlivingspacesforfaculty,graduatestudentsandfellows,housedeansandresidentialadvisors.In
additiontosharedcommonareas,NewCollegeHousehasdedicatedspacesformusic,amediacenter,seminar
rooms,andadministrativeoffices.
“Inthiscityofneighborhoods,wesoughttoembracethemanyscalesofcommunitythatdefinethecollegiate
experienceuniquetoPenn,”saysFrankGrauman,designprincipalfromBohlinCywinskiJackson’sPhiladelphia
office.“TheNewCollegeHouseis,therefore,bothinvitingandsecure,openandprivate,embodyingthecomfort
ofhome,andthepowertoformacampusgatewayworthyofthisplace.”
Thebuilding’sfaçadeconsistsofbrickandlimestone,whichispunctuatedbyverticalglasstowersrevealing
interiorcirculationandloungespaceswithviewsofPenn’ssurroundingcampuscommunityandCenterCity.The
house’sdesignwithmaterialsandoperationsistargetingaLEEDcertificationofSilverorgreater.
“Thebuildingdelightsonsomanylevels—itsmarvelousintegrationofpublicandprivateopenspace,its
sophisticatedapproachtofosteringcommunitiesatmultiplelevels,itsintegrationwiththeurbanfabric,itsdeft
useofmaterials,itscraftsmanship,and,inparticular,itsassuredmanipulationofscale,whichbreaksdownwhatis
actuallyanenormousbuildingintomultipleintegratedpartsathumanscale,”describesDavidHollenberg,
UniversityArchitect.“TheNewCollegeHousewill,webelieve,instantlybecomeanintegralpartofthelandscape
ofresidentiallivingatPenn.”
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BohlinCywinskiJackson,foundedin1965,isanationalarchitecturepracticenotedforelegantandhumane
design,rangingfrommodesthousestolargeacademic,civic,culturalandcorporatebuildings.Todate,thefirmhas
receivedmorethan650regional,nationalandinternationalawardsfordesign,includingthreeAIATopTenGreen
ProjectAwardsandtheAIAArchitectureFirmAward.FoundingPrincipalPeterBohlinwasalsoawardedtheAIA
GoldMedal,thehighesthonoranindividualarchitectcanreceive.ThefirmiswellknownforitsworkwithApple,
designingstoressuchastheiconicFifthAvenuecubeinNewYorkCityandflagshipstoresworldwide.Thepractice
hasalsodesignedtheLibertyBellCenteronIndependenceMall,thecommercialbuildingon15thandWalnut
Streets,andPennDental’sSchattnerCenter.FormoreinformationpleasevisitBCJ.com.
NewCollegeHousewasdesignedandbuiltincollaborationwith:
IntechConstruction,ConstructionManager;MichaelVergasonLandscapeArchitects,LandscapeArchitecture;
CVM,StructuralEngineering;AHAConsultingEngineers,MechanicalandElectricalEngineering,Sustainability
Consulting;Pennoni,CivilEngineering;HammerDesignAssociates,FoodServiceConsulting;AtelierTen,Lighting
Design;MetropolitanAcoustics,AcousticandAudiovisualConsulting;NicheRecycling,Inc.,WasteManagement;
JackSoeffingConsultant,HardwareConsulting;VanDeusen&Associates,VerticalTransportation;DavisLangdon,
CostEstimators
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