Comprehensive Facilities Plan
University of Pennsylvania Law School | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School needed additional space, but were limited in their options for expansion given their landlocked urban site. By working with the law school to identify programmatic priorities, VMA was able to create a plan that would improve function, efficiency, and aesthetics by making better use of their existing space. Support of students and engagement of faculty a hallmark of the plan.
The program placed a particular focus on providing seminar rooms and upgraded lecture halls. Space was found by eliminating outdated services and facilities and by realigning program types with inherent architectural qualities. Several phases of work were outlined that could be accomplished as schedule and funding would allow; wherever possible, the school preferred that construction be limited to summer months to minimize disruption.
We have since worked with the school on the implementation of that plan over more than a decade, adapting the plan as needed to align with institutional priorities, and the most recent phase saw the renovation and restoration of classrooms within historic Silverman Hall.
Size: 305,000 sf
Budget: $16.3 million