“Healthy Building, Healthy Landscape, Healthy Student Body” will explore findings from the recently completed New College House West at the University of Pennsylvania.
The second purpose-built college house completed by our practice for Penn, New College House West creates a healthy new living-learning experience for students in a green oasis, woven into the surrounding urban context. The 250,000 GSF, 450-bed project supports student wellness in myriad ways, from its site design and indoor/outdoor connections to a holistic approach to dining. At the 2021 ACUHO-I/APPA (Association of College and University Housing Officers – International) Housing Facilities Conference on October 21-22, Dana Reed, AIA, a senior associate in our Philadelphia studio, will share the process of designing for whole-student health at multiple scales.
While providing occupants with secure living, dining, learning, and gathering spaces, New College House West maximizes multi-purpose outdoor areas that welcome community, provide needed green space in the city and establish a dynamic new residential experience for the University. Plentiful natural light and views to the outdoors help students feel connected throughout a range of spaces – including lounges, a fitness and wellness center, classrooms and seminar rooms, a coffee shop, and Quaker Kitchen, a unique space that will help students learn about food preparation and nutrition. Reed will be joined by Pat Killilee, Director of Residential Services at Penn, and Pam Lampitt, Penn’s Director of Business Services, Hospitality Services. Learn more about the conference below.