Penn’s New College House Welcomes First Residents

The University of Pennsylvania welcomed members of the Class of 2020 to its campus in Philadelphia last month, including the first residents of the recently-completed New College House at Hill Field (NCH). A 350-bed, undergraduate residential college, NCH features a dining facility, courtyard and ground floor retail space. “It’s the best College House ever on any university campus, designed from the get-go as a living, learning, and playing center,” enthused Penn President Amy Gutmann.

Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, CVM provided structural engineering for the project. The building features a high performance envelope, state-of-the-art rainwater catchment system, heat recovery systems, energy-efficient mechanical equipment and light fixtures and a recycling center. These elements allow NCH to receive half of its energy from sustainable sources, and the building was certified LEED Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council.