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Embarking on Four-Year College House Renovations

President Amy Gutmann recently announced that she will recommend a major college house renovation program at the University Trustee meeting in May. The work will include both building infrastructure and student room improvements. Upgrades to building-wide dual temperature risers that provide heating and air conditioning, electrical and mechanical infrastructure will be a priority. New flooring throughout the buildings and brighter corridor lighting as well as improved kitchens and bathrooms with new appliances, surfaces and storage spaces will greatly enhance the residential spaces.

“Penn continues to be committed to our college house program, and to providing students with a comfortable environment in which to learn and build community,” said President Gutmann.  “We are challenged by buildings that have been around for a very long time, but we anticipate that this renewal project will make our College Houses competitive with the best housing the area has to offer.”

In addition to enhancing quality of life on campus, these investments to Penn’s College Houses will allow the University to remain competitive amongst its peers. These high-rise upgrades will also ensure that these on-campus dwellings remain competitive with the planned new housing being developed over the next several years both on- and off-campus.

The first phase of the project will begin in summer 2006 with Harnwell House, immediately upon approval. After the infrastructure improvements, which will cost an estimated $16.5 million, construction will begin on Phase II of the project. For Phase II, floor lounges will be built on alternating floors of Harnwell. These lounges will be a pilot program that will be assessed for potential implementation in the other tall College Houses. The total four-year project cost is estimated at $106.5 million.

 



 
  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 30, April 18, 2006

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