Giving Priorities: Our Campus

Transforming Our Campus

Buildings—the physical spaces that house discovery, learning, and academic interaction—are critical to the School’s mission. Thanks to the generous support of alumni and friends, Penn Arts and Sciences continues to transform our campus, constructing and renovating facilities to provide vibrant, sophisticated spaces for teaching and research.

The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics

The School of Arts and Sciences is launching its most ambitious capital project in support of the social sciences in decades. The project will transform the former West Philadelphia Trust Building at 36th and Walnut Streets into the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, uniting two thriving academic departments, and providing a new home for research centers and programs focused on economic research, contemporary India and China, national and international politics, and public policy. When completed in 2018, the Perelman Center will showcase Penn’s pathbreaking social science programs which are making a direct contribution to pressing matters of national and international concern.

Neural and Behavioral Sciences Building rendering

The Neural and Behavioral Sciences Building

The School’s new Neural and Behavioral Sciences Building is scheduled to open in 2016. Situated next to James G. Kaskey Memorial Park, the NBS Building will create a life sciences corridor and promote collaboration across undergraduate programs by serving as the new home for Biology, Psychology, Biological Basis of Behavior, and the Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management.

The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology

The University of Pennsylvania officially opened the region’s premier facility for advanced research, education, and innovative public/private partnerships in nanotechnology in October 2013. A joint effort of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Arts and Sciences, the 78,000 square-foot Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology serves as the University’s focal point for groundbreaking work in the emerging field of nanotechnology, which involves the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale.

Music Building

The renovated and expanded music building boasts acoustically-isolated classrooms, offices, and practice rooms, with recording studios and a computer lab that raise the bar for technology in the music department. The building encourages more student-faculty interaction and opens up music and performance to the entire Penn community. The new facility continues to win accolades from students, faculty, and the architecture community, most recently becoming Penn's first LEED Gold certified academic building.

Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratories

Undergraduate chemistry education at Penn has been transformed following an extensive renovation project. The new facilities include a teaching lab which serves up to 45 students, a preparation and dispensing room, and office and meeting space. Housed in the 1958 building of the Penn Chemistry complex, the new undergraduate teaching laboratories have become the centerpiece for safe, state-of-the-art instruction for chemistry and pre-medical students.