Annenberg Public Policy Center

Annenburg Center

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Annenberg Public Policy Center (APCC) is scheduled for November 5. Part of the Penn Connects plan, the newfound building, at 202 S. 36th St., houses the primary research departments of the Center and features a state-of-the-art public forum for important public debates and symposiums.

Built by architect Fumihiko Maki, the pristine APCC contains double-skinned glass and a wood exterior designed to complement nearby buildings and conserve energy. Moveable wooden screens behind the glass curtain wall allow for natural ventilation and shading throughout the year.

In this edition of By The Numbers, we take a tour of the new Annenberg Public Policy Center.


Year in which the APPC was established. Its founders, Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg, hoped that the Center would apply its knowledge about communication to improve the wellbeing of those in the United States and throughout the world.


Number of floors in the building.


Number of panes of glass in the building.

$34.5 million

Cost to erect the building, which was funded by Leonore Annenberg through the Annenberg Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation


Voltage of a transformer and circuitry in the APPC basement that steps down power for the new building and the 13 nearby buildings.


Approximate cubic yards of concrete poured to build the Center.


Approximate tons of steel used to build the Center.



Approximate number of granite pavers that make up the exterior plazas.

Originally published on October 29, 2009