Urban Project of the Year: New College House at the University of Pennsylvania
When it opens in Fall 2016, New College House will be the University of Pennsylvania’s first residential building specifically designed as a college house, Penn’s residential system that brings undergraduates, faculty, staff, and graduate students together in a shared community. Students will live, study, dine, and social in the facility, which includes suite-style living, private bedrooms, and a host of common areas.
New College House will accommodate 344 residents who will share common kitchens, laundry rooms, seminar rooms, music practice rooms, plus a library, living room, media room, dining pavilion, and outdoor courtyard. The design incorporates mostly green eco-roofs, heat recovery systems, low water usage appliances, and other sustainability features. LEED Gold is anticipated.