By Alex Dunlap-USA TODAY SportsThe University of Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Institute of Architects, announced on Tuesday that the Pitstone memorial building, designed by award-winning architect Daniel Burnham, will be the centerpiece of the new academic facility at Penn.
The structure will feature a series of public spaces and public spaces will include a library, meeting rooms, an auditorium, dining hall, library and auditorium.
Penn’s student and faculty housing will also be integrated into the building.
Penn is now one of the nation’s top universities, with an enrollment of more than 16,000.
It’s one of only a handful of institutions in the country to have two academic buildings built with mixed-use designs.
The building is expected to open to the public in spring 2021.
For Penn, the building is a giant step forward.
The university’s student- and faculty-housing stock is currently about 4,400 students, with about 7,000 students enrolled in residential dormitories, according to a press release from the Penn System.
Penn students who want to live on campus can apply for housing through the Penn Housing Program, which has already seen a 20% increase in applications in the last five years, according the release.
The Penn Housing program has about 1,600 residents in residence at Penn, with nearly 8,500 of those in the Residential Living and Housing Unit (RHLU) which is where Penn students live.
“The building will create a great sense of community and collaboration within our community, and it will give Penn students the chance to live in an environment that’s conducive to learning,” said Penn Chancellor Katherine Archibald.
“It will be an honor for us to host Penn students who are looking for housing on campus.”
Burnham was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2000 and has been awarded many prestigious awards.
Burnham’s other notable work includes the design of the Eiffel Tower and the Burj Khalifa.