Our firm worked with Olin Partnership, Landscape Architects to develop a Campus Development Plan to provide direction and set the standards for future growth of the University of Pennsylvania campus. The plan supports Penn’s educational objectives and the University’s desire to improve its relationship with the surrounding neighborhoods and the City of Philadelphia.
Penn’s campus is largely a pedestrian precinct unified by its setting, green spaces and pathways that connect its buildings, many of which are historic. The plan builds on and extends the character of the historic campus center, and provides a framework for the integration of landscape and architecture in the rehabilitation of existing buildings and in new development.
Our firm also prepared a detailed analysis and urban design for a large scale development along the Schuylkill River. The 35 acre site is bisected by a network of interstate highways and train lines, and has long been an impediment for growth between Center City, the University of Pennsylvania, and Amtrak’s 30th Street Station. Our team worked with a diverse coalition of stakeholders to develop an effective strategy to connect these areas. The resulting plan delineates a continuous urban fabric including new housing, retail, athletic facilities, and park spaces. Proposed development opportunities incorporate the University’s long term expansion goals and strengthen its relationship to the river, the city, and public transportation.