Summer construction

Summer at Penn is quiet, sure—but campus never sleeps. The lull in student activity during the warmer months serves as the ideal window of time for the University to embark on a physical transformation.

Summer at Penn is quiet, sure—but campus never sleeps. The lull in student activity during the warmer months serves as the ideal window of time for the University to embark on a physical transformation.

Summer construction
Photo by Scott Spitzer

With the help of 70 prime contractors, 400 subcontractors, and the collective brainpower of Penn’s Facilities and Real Estate Services, the University’s already vibrant campus became home this summer to a host of new buildings, additions, and renovations.

In this semester’s first edition of By The Numbers, the Current takes a look at the various building blocks that are helping to shape Penn’s built environment.

40Total number of construction projects on campus that began this summer or are currently in progress.
300,000Number of square feet of new construction on campus, including major campus additions such as the New College House, the Neural and Behavioral Sciences Building, and the Perry World House, and smaller projects such as the addition to Kelly Writers House.
$60 millionProjected total expenditure for on-campus summer construction projects.
1,000,000Number of total square feet of campus renovations, including everything from complex lab renovations to the painting of residential college houses.
150Number of campus buildings touched by improvements to offices, residences, classrooms, and laboratories, such as painting, new carpeting, façade restorations, roof replacements, infrastructure upgrades, and overall space refreshing.
570Number of workers on campus daily devoted to campus construction projects.

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