Penn's Sustainable Buildings

LEED Buildings

The campus development plan, Penn Connects, recommends sustainable development for all new projects. Every new building and major renovation project currently under design is registered with the US Green Building Council, and is targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating or higher. (In addition to the list below, a number of projects have been submitted to USGBC and a decision is pending.) As of October 2021, University projects include:

LEED Silver Buildings/Projects:

  • Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine (PCAM)
  • Smilow Center for Translational Research
  • Vance Hall
  • Graduate Research Wing Phase 1 (Levine North)
  • ARCH (Arts, Research & Culture House)
  • Levin Building (Neural & Behavioral Sciences)
  • Hutchinson Gymnasium Infill
  • Perry World House
  • Richards Medical Research Building, Phase 1 & 2
  • Houston Hall Market Renovation
  • Lauder Institute
  • Graduate Research Wing, Phase 1 & 2
  • Tangen Hall
  • Penn Museum Coxe and Harrison Renovations, Phase 1 

LEED Gold Buildings/Projects:

  • Lerner Center (Music Building)
  • Joe's Cafe
  • Weiss Pavilion
  • Golkin Hall
  • Singh Center for Nanotechnology
  • Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall Addition (Mack Pavilion)
  • Steinberg-Dietrich Dean's Suite
  • 3901 Walnut Street
  • Pennovation Center
  • Lauder College House
  • Hill College House
  • Robbins House
  • Evans Centennial Century Bond Renovation 
  • Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics 
  • Richards, Phase 3
  • Stemmler Hall Renovation
  • in Beijing, China - Wharton China Center
  • in San Francisco, CA - Wharton San Francisco
  • FMC Tower (Cira Center South)
  • University Meeting and Guest House
  • Vance Hall  (upper floors)
  • Academic Research Building 

LEED Platinum Building:

  • Morris Arboretum Horticulture Center


Well built, durable lasting buildings are our most sustainable tradition:

  • College Hall (1873)
  • Logan/Cohen Hall (1874)
  • Fisher Fine Arts Library (1891)
  • Houston Hall (1896)
  • University Museum (1895-99)
  • Law School, Silverman Hall (1900)
  • Towne Building (1906)
  • Franklin Field (1922-25)
  • The Palestra and Hutchinson Gym (1928)
  • The Quadrangle (1894-1959)

Irvine Auditorium (pictured above) was dedicated with the Curtis Sesquicentennial Exposition Organ on May 9, 1929. The building's design was directed by the Horace Trumbauer firm, led by chief designer Julian Abele, the first African-American graduate of Penn's School of Architecture (1902).


Sustainability requires not only looking at present and future needs, but also drawing upon the lessons and resources from the past. Adaptive Reuse of buildings is now an important part of the sustainability movement. Examples of adaptive reuse on Penn’s campus include:

  • Claudia Cohen Hall (1874) is the second-oldest building on campus
  • The Moore School, where the world's first computer (ENIAC) was created, was originally the Pepper Musical Instrument Factory (1909)
  • Hayden Hall (1896) was built as Dental Hall, and later used for the School of Architecture, Geology and now for Bioengineering