Gutmann College House tops list of building name changes and renovations on campus

Gutmann College House on August 17, 2022. Credit: Jesse Zhang

After undergraduates left campus at the end of the spring semester, construction projects to build and renovate select campus locations kicked into high gear, and Penn renamed several buildings.

Here is an overview of all the changes made on campus since spring 2022.

Renowned buildings

Former Penn President Amy Gutmann left Philadelphia to become US Ambassador to Germany in February. From now on, two buildings on campus will be named in his honor.

This summer, construction has begun on Amy Gutmann Hall, a new Penn Engineering building for data science. Located adjacent to Lauder College House at 34th and Chestnut streets, the building will serve as a collaborative research center for Penn’s 12 schools.

Amy Gutmann Hall will provide research space for cost-effective healthcare and use for programs such as Inveniam, a lab providing STEM opportunities to socioeconomically underserved and underrepresented students in Philadelphia. The building will also be the first to use mass timber construction, which replaces concrete and steel frames dependent on fossil fuels with a more sustainable resource.

Construction at Amy Gutmann Hall is expected to be completed in the summer of 2024.

In July, Penn also announced that New College House West would be renamed Gutmann College House. The newest addition to the Penn’s College House system opened in fall 2021, housing 450 sophomores, juniors and seniors. The building joined Lauder College House as the second college house built during Gutmann’s tenure.

In May, Penn announced that the Morgan Building would be renamed Stuart Weitzman Hall, in honor of Stuart Weitzman, who graduated from Wharton in 1963. The name change will accompany renovations to redesign the building’s interior, adding new research facilities, design studios, classrooms and offices.

Campus renovations

Construction projects large and small were underway across campus this summer. The Class of 1949 bridge spanning 38th Street underwent repairs and new stones were placed in the compass on Locust Walk.

Stouffer College House is also undergoing a renovation, which is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023. The residential building – which currently does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act – will now feature ramps leading inside and outside the dormitory, and new elevators will be installed. Bathrooms and doorways will also be remodeled to be ADA accessible.

Development of a new building connecting the Graduate School of Education building and Stiteler Hall is also underway, which is the first major expansion for GSE since 1966. The $35.6 million project is expected to be completed in August. 2023 for fall occupancy, allowing for more collaborative space and a new innovation lab to accommodate rapidly increasing GSE class sizes.

The merger of Stiteler Hall and the GSE building is part of the Power of Possibility campaign, which aims to centralize GSE teaching and better accommodate the growing student population. The new building will replace existing social spaces like cafes that once resided in the mid-zone.

The Penn Boathouse, located on Philadelphia’s historic Boathouse Row, is also undergoing a comprehensive upgrade that will be largely completed by late summer 2022. A two-story lobby will be constructed, which will will house Penn Rowing artifacts and memorabilia. An expanded athletics hall will also be built, serving as a venue for hosting events.

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