An Icon for Innovation: The Pennovation Center Completes Construction

The Pennovation Center is a 20th century paint factory transformed into a 21st century idea factory. The building is the centerpiece of a new, twenty-three acre development at the University of Pennsylvania known as Pennovation Works.
While much of the building is occupied by shared wet labs and efficient coworking areas, key social spaces tempt entrepreneurs to leave their desks and engage with their colleagues. These spaces are tucked into a new angular facade that reaches outward towards the Schuylkill River, featuring a conference room, coworking counter with a view of campus and the city, and bleacher seating where inventors can share ideas, pitch to investors, and gain crucial perspective. The building inspires creativity within, while simultaneously telling the world outside that Penn is committed to putting knowledge into action for the greater good.
“This is a unique business and technology incubator where innovators’ ideas go to work,” said Anne Papageorge, Vice President of Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services. “The Center is designed to bring together the University’s eminent researchers and students, along with the private sector, to foster creative exploration, entrepreneurship, new alliances, and generate economic development for the region.”
A beacon for the next generation of entrepreneurship in the region, the Pennovation Center will advance the dynamic role of the University as both an inspiration for and a facilitator of cutting-edge invention.

  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Type: Institutional
  • Size: 69,310 SF
  • Scope: SD-CA
  • Architect of Record: KSS Architects
  • Landscape Architect: Land Collective
  • Signage and Wayfinding Consultant: Bruce Mau Design
  • Structural and MEP Engineers: Ballinger
  • Environmental Engineer: Atelier Ten
  • Civil Engineer: Pennoni Associates
  • Lighting Design: Focus Lighting
  • General Contractor: Hunter Roberts
  • Photographer: Michael Moran