Recent Awards & Recognition

Several Penn building projects and sustainability initiatives and community efforts have been recognized over the past few months.

Pennovation Center Awarded LEED Gold

In early 2017, the Pennovation Center was awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Co-designed by Hollwich Kushner and Philadelphia firm KSS Architects, the 58,000 SF Pennovation Center was designed with many state-of-the-art green features, including storm water irrigation and an aluminum grid shading system,  Additionally, Pennovation is an adaptive reuse project, and more than 90% of the existing concrete from the original warehouse at the site was preserved in the construction of the center.  More information about the LEED rating system can be found here: (January 2017). 

Pennovation Center receives Community Impact Award from CREW Philadelphia

In November the Pennovation Center received the Community Impact Award from CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Philadelphia. The award recognizes projects completed in the last three years that have had a measurable economic impact in the Greater Philadelphia region. For a building to win the award, 75% of the project team must be located within the Greater Philadelphia Region and 25% of the project team must be composed of CREW Philadelphia members or be a CREW Philadelphia sponsor. The project team is composed of CREW Members from the following companies: KSS Architects, Ballinger, and Pennoni Associates.

Anne Papageorge, Vice President for the Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services at the University of Pennsylvania, accepted the award. (November 2016).

Kaskey Park accepted into the Greater Philadelphia Garden Alliance

University of Pennsylvania’s James G. Kaskey Memorial Park, botanical garden and BioPond has been recognized by the Greater Philadelphia Garden Alliance, which promotes outstanding contributions to horticulture in the Philadelphia area. A full list of recognized gardens can be found here: (November, 2016)

Richards Lab and New College House receive awards from AIA Pennsylvania

Richards Medical Research Lab was selected to receive the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Pennsylvania’s 50 Year Timeless Building Award at the 2016 Architectural Excellence Design Awards. The award celebrates buildings over fifty years old that “have stood the test of time as a permanent record of its place and time while serving as an enduring reference point and source of inspiration for present and future architectural discourse.”

Additionally, Penn’s New College House received a Citation of Merit award from AIA Pennsylvania. A Citation of Merit is given to any project that “bears an exceptional aspect that the jury feels represents excellence.” A full list of awards can be found here: (November, 2016)

Levin Building wins AIA Potomac Valley Design award

Penn’s Stephen A. Levin building has been recognized by the Potomac Valley chapter of the AIA. The Levin Building received the Gold/Honor award at the annual award ceremony on October 20th. More information about the award can be found here. (October, 2016)

Anne Papageorge recognized by Philadelphia Business Journal

FRES Vice President Anne Papageorge was recognized as part of the Philadelphia Business Journal's Power 76 in 2016, a guide to the region's most influential people.  These are the City’s movers and shakers who the PBJ editorial team see as having the most impact in shaping the future of Greater Philadelphia.  Anne was selected for her leadership over the past decade of campus transformation with the rollout of the University’s Penn Connects development plan.  The full list of 2016 Power 76 can be viewed here. (October, 2016)

FRES team wins Green Purchasing Award

On September 28, A team of FRES staff received a Green Purchasing Award at Purchasing Services’ annual Purchasing Services Supplier Show. Over the past two years, the honorees collaborated on 60 projects that provided reductions in electric consumption to qualify for rebates of over $3.4 million from the PECO Act 129 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan.

More information about the award and photos available here: (October, 2016)

David Hollenberg receives Master Builders’ Award from The Carpenters’ Company of Philadelphia

On October 29th University Architect David Hollenberg received a lifetime achievement award known as the Master Builders’ Award from the Carpenters’ Company of the City of Philadelphia. He was honored for his decades of work in the city of Philadelphia, and most recently on Penn’s campus, at the Master Builders’ Award gala attended by almost 300 people at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Governor Tom Wolfe spoke about Hollenberg’s work via video here:

You can read more about the award here: (October, 2016)

Levin Building receives Construction Excellence Award

The Stephen A. Levin Building recently received a Construction Excellence Award from the General Building Contractors Association. The Levin Building was awarded the Best Educational Institution Project award on November 3rd, at the 19th Annual Construction Excellence Awards. More information about the awards can be found here: (November, 2016)

Penn's New College House Recognized by ACE Mentor Program

Over the past year, FRES once again hosted an ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) mentorship team, and the New College House was used as the base project for the exploration.   In May, the ACE Mentor Program of Eastern PA awarded the 2016 Urban Project of the Year to Penn’s New College House, designed by BCJ Architects.  When it opens in August,  the New College House will be Penn’s first residential building specifically designed as a college house.       

Founded in 1994, the ACE program’s mission is “to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry.” It draws high school students from many Philadelphia public schools and gives them exposure by working with real professionals in real work environments.   To see the mentorship program in action, view the ACE Program Photo Album.   For more on the ACE Program, visit  (May 2016)

LEED Gold Designation for 3901 Walnut

LEED Gold has been earned by 3901 Walnut street, a six-story office building, with retail on the first floor and home to existing Penn offices.   The Hankin Group managed the development.  Occupied May 2015. (Feb 2016)

Walnut 32 Parking Garage Recognized by Preservation Alliance

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia selected Walnut 32 Parking Garage  to receive a 2016 Preservation Achievement Grand Jury Award. Learn more(Feb 2016)

Penn Museum West Wing Earns 2016 Preservation Achievement Grand Jury Award

The Penn Museum West Wing was selected because it stands out as an example of excellence in the field of historic preservation. Award presentation will take place at the 23rd Annual Preservation Achievement Awards on Wednesday, June 8, 5:00-8pm, at the Union League of Philadelphia.   Learn more. (Feb 2016)

Historic ARCH Earns LEED Silver

Penn’s renovation and preservation of the 87-year-old ARCH, the University’s student cultural center, has achieved a LEED Silver Certification under LEED for Commercial Interiors (V2009). Learn more about the ARCH.

Penn Wharton China Center Certified LEED Gold

The Penn Wharton China Center (PWCC) is LEED Gold certified under LEED for Commercial Interiors (V2009). The PWCC, a leased facility located in the World Financial Center in Beijing, is a dedicated location for the growing numbers of programs and collaborations between Penn’s 12 schools and many academic, government, and business partners throughout China. Learn more about PWCC.

University Architect David Hollenberg Receives 2015 Wyck-Strickland Award

David Hollenberg, University Architect at Penn, received the 2015 Wyck-Strickland Award at a reception on October 15 at the Wyck, a historic house, garden and farm in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Mr. Hollenberg oversees the design and preservation of Penn’s campus. Since 2006, he has led an array of projects that deftly reconcile the desire for architectural preservation and the drive for progressive design, ensuring that the campus continues to be distinctively “Penn." (Oct 2015)

Penn Projects Earn Recognition from AIA Philadelphia

At the AIA Philadelphia Design Awards Gala in October, the transformation of Penn's Meyerson Hall by architects Erdy McHenry, earned a Silver Medal. The Silver Medal recognizes a single unbuilt project of the most exemplary design quality. The transformation features a prominent pedestrian entrance with an addition of luminescent glass to the façade on the north side. The Walnut/34th street plaza was also redesigned to convey a friendlier street presence that provides places for student interaction.

In addition, EVO at Cira Centre South, an off-campus graduate student housing tower, received an Honor Award for Built Project, and the neighboring Cira Green, a one-acre green roof, received an Honor Award for UnBuilt Project -- both designed by Erdy McHenry. (Oct 2015)

Penn Ranked for “Campus Beauty”

Penn has been ranked #13 in the Buzzfeed list of 25 Most Beautiful Campuses in the World.  (Oct 2015)

Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall Addition Received Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects New Jersey Chapter

The Wharton School’s Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall Addition was honored with a Merit Award in October 2015 during the AIA New Jersey State Convention in Whippany, NJ.  (Oct 2015)

Edward W. Kane Park receives Merit Award from ASLA New Jersey Chapter

A Merit Award – Landscape Architectural Design: Site Design was presented to The University of Pennsylvania and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects -- the landscape architect team responsible for conducting a feasibility study and final design for the re-design of the 22,250 SF triangular parking lot at the gateway intersection of 33rd, 34th and Spruce Streets.  (Jan 2015)

Singh Center Honored by Architect Magazine

Architect Magazine, the Journal of the American Institute of Architects, has named the Krishna P. Singh Center an honoree in the category Grow, in its 2014 Design Review.

Penn Named Corporate Advocate of the Year

The African-American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware has named the University of Pennsylvania the 2015 AACC Corporate Advocate of the Year. Penn's economic inclusion program commenced in 1998 with the aim of engaging West Philadelphians and minority- and women-owned businesses in the University's institutional purchasing, construction, and workforce development activities. Since it's inception, this program has generated close to a billion dollard of spend with local, minority- and women-owned businesses and neighbors through the University and its Health System.

ARCH Honored by Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia announced the winners of the 2015 Preservation Achievement Awards, including individuals, organizations, structures and public spaces that contribute to the region’s unique character. This year, twenty regional restoration and revitalization projects were selected by a Grand Jury of distinguished experts including national figures in the preservation world, including the revitalization of the Arts, Research, Culture House, known as ARCH, at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Alliance presented the Special Recognition and Grand Jury awards at the 22nd Annual Preservation Achievement Awards event on Wednesday, June 3, at the historic Union League of Philadelphia. The annual celebration of outstanding success is the largest gathering of preservationists in the region. (April 2015)

Singh Center Receives Honor Award from New York Chapter of American Institute of Architects

Penn, along with architecture firm Weiss/Manfredi, share this recognition for the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology. AIA New York’s annual Design Awards Program recognizes outstanding architectural design. All 2015 winning projects will be on view at AIANY’s Center for Architecture in the 2015 Design Awards exhibition, April 23 through June 17, 2015. (April 2015)

Singh Center Earns Two Awards from Engineering News-Record

The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology has won two awards in the Engineering News-Record's 2014 Best Projects in the Mid-Atlantic: Project of the Year, and Best Higher Education/Research Project. ENR's independent jury of industry experts recognized a total of 29 projects in 17 construction categories to represent the region's best. (December 2014)

Singh Center Named Best New Educational Building

Architect Magazine has acknowledged the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology as the best new educational building of the year, as announced in the December 2014 issue. 

AIA New York State Honors Singh Center

The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology has been given an Award of Excellence in the Institutional category in the 2014 AIA New York State Design Awards. (October 2014)

Shoemaker Green Earns DVGBC Groundbreaker Award

On September 18th at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council honored those transformative people, organizations, and projects that are moving our market, impacting the region, and influencing others to do the same around the corner or around the world. Penn's Shoemaker Green was recognized for achievement in Public Green Space. Read more on the DVGBC website. (October 2014) 




Design for Shoemaker Green Wins 2014 Award from ASLA

Andropogon and Associates, designers of Penn's Shoemaker Green, received a 2014 Honor Award for that project from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Read more on the ASLA website. (September 2014)

Two More Penn Projects Earn LEED Gold Certification

Two University of Pennsylvania building projects have received LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council: The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology and the Wharton School’s Steinberg-Dietrich Hall West Tower Entrance addition. Details on the University of Pennsylvania website. (August 2014)


FRES Receives APPA Award for LEAN Initiatives

APPA, the association for professionals in educational facilities management, has selected Penn for its 2014 Effective & Innovative Practices Award.  Specifically, APPA has selected Penn’s entry for FRES’ undertaking of LEAN initiatives for maintenance work order management, solid waste management and those underway in housekeeping and preventative maintenance: “Facilities & Real Estate Services (FRES) at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) look to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions that embrace the University’s rich past and enhance the quality of the living and learning experience.”  A formal presentation of the award was made during the awards reception at the APPA 2014 conference in San Diego, CA. (July 2014)


Mid-Atlantic Chapter CMAA Recognizes Singh Center

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America awarded First Place in the category of higher education projects over $20 million to The Singh Center for Nanotechnology. This award was presented to Gilbane Construction and the University of Pennsylvania at the June awards banquet in Philadelphia. The annual Construction Management Project Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize and promote professionalism and excellence in the management of the construction process. (June 2014)

Singh Center Wins Structural Engineering Award

The Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) has presented a 2014 SEAoNY Excellence in Structural Engineering Award to the Singh Center for Nanotechnology in the New Building category. (June 2014)


ALA / IIDA Library Interior Design Award to Education Commons

Penn’s Education Commons, located in Weiss Pavilion, has received a 2014 Honorable Mention – in the category Academic Libraries under 30,000 sq ft. The study space, designed by Joel Sanders Architect, received this award sponsored jointly by the International Interior Design Association and the American Library Association. Visit (May 2014)


Penn Listed in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition

This guide—which has been published for five years in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools—is the only free, comprehensive resource for college applicants that focuses solely on saluting colleges that have demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment and to sustainability. Download the guide.
(April 2014)

Penn Named a Tree Campus USA for 5th Consecutive Year

The University of Pennsylvania has earned 2013 Tree Campus USA® designation, awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation. This marks the 5th year in a row that Penn has received this designation. Learn more at
(April 2014)

EPA Green Power Award to University

The University of Pennsylvania has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a 2013-2014 Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Ivy League.
(April 2014)

Singh Center for Nanotechnology Earns LEED Gold

 The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology, opened in Fall 2013, has been awarded LEED Gold status for new construction by the U.S. Green Building Council, a coveted recognition of best-in-class building strategies for energy and environmental design. Visit the USGBC website.
(April 2014)

Global Architectural Awards Special Mention for Singh Center

The Architizer A+Awards are a global architectural award program with 90+ categories and over 300 judges. In 2014, the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology received a Special Mention in the category: Higher Education Institutions & Research Facilities.(April 2014)

Singh Center Wins Steel Construction Industry Award

The Singh Center for Nanotechnology has earned national recognition in the 2014 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2). Conducted annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the IDEAS2 awards recognize outstanding achievements in engineering and architecture on steel-framed building projects throughout the U.S. The Singh Center was recognized in the Projects Greater than $75 Million category. (March 2014)

The Wall Street Journal Best of 2013: Architecture

"The Virtues of Restraint," The Wall Street Journal, December 26, 2013
featuring Singh Center for Nanotechnology

Interior Design Magazine Recognizes Education Commons, Kislak Center

Interior Design magazine has honored two Penn projects in the 2013 Best of Year Award in the category Education: Library:

  • Winner = Education Commons in Weiss Pavilion, Joel Sanders Architect
  • Honoree = The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts in Van Pelt Library, Gensler Architects

Dallas AIA Honors Kislak Center

The Dallas Chapter of The American Institute of Architects presented a 2013 Built Design Awards Honor Award to the architecture firm Gensler for The Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. The AIA Dallas Design Awards recognizes outstanding work by Dallas architects, both in the metropolitan area and across the country. The purpose of the awards program is to honor the architects, clients, and consultants who work together to achieve design excellence.

2013 Brick in Architecture Award to Golkin Hall

Penn Law’s Golkin Hall has been named “Best in Class” (Educational - Higher Education category) in the 2013 Brick in Architecture awards, sponsored by The Brick Industry Association. Best in Class winners will receive national recognition through a special Brick in Architecture insert in the December 2013 issue of Architect or Architectural Record Magazine. (Dec 2013)

Sustainable SITES Certification for Shoemaker Green

Shoemaker Green has achieved SITES certification (2 star rating) from the Sustainable SITES Initiative program.  The open space project is serving as a pilot to field test the nation's most comprehensive rating system for sustainable landscapes.  The guidelines and rating system were created by dozens of the country's leading sustainability experts, scientists, and design professionals.  Read the press release from the Sustainable SITES Initiative here. (Dec 2013)

Singh Center Wins National and International Architecture Awards

The newly opened Singh Center for Nanotechnology has won the Chicago Athenaeum's American Architecture Award and International Architecture Award this year, recognized as being among the most significant new contemporary architecture in the United States.  (Nov 2013)

Golkin Hall Receives LEED GOLD Designation

Golkin Hall has also been awarded LEED Gold status for new construction by the U.S. Green Building Council, a coveted recognition of best-in-class building strategies for energy and environmental design. Click here to read more. (Sept 2013)

SCUP (Society for College and University Planning) Honor Award for Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus

The University of Pennsylvania, along with Sasaki Associates, Inc., has received the 2013 Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus from the Society for College & University Planning for Penn Connects.  Awards were announced at the July meeting of SCUP in San Diego.

(July 2013)

LEED Gold for Wharton San Francisco

Wharton San Francisco's new expanded facility, located in the historic Hills Brothers Plaza at the base of the Bay Bridge, has achieved LEED CI Gold Certification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council; CI refers to the benchmarks for Commercial Interiors. (March 2013)

International Sustainable Campus Network Recognizes Penn’s Green Academic Offerings

The academic component that the University of Pennsylvania has included in its Climate Action Plan caught the attention of the International Sustainable Campus Network when that agency compiled its inaugural Global University Leaders Forum Charter report earlier this year. Click here to read more.
(March 2012)

Weiss Pavilion Receives Preservation Alliance 2012 Grand Jury Award

Weiss Pavilion was recently honored with a 2012 Grand Jury Award from the Greater Philadelphia Preservation Alliance for exemplifying outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation. Click here for the complete list of Preservation Alliance award recipients. (February 2012)

Morris Arboretum Horticulture Center Receives Montgomery Award

Phase 1 of the Horticulture Center of the Morris Arboretum, located in Springfield Township, earned a 2011 Land Development Award from the Montgomery County Planning Commission for its innovative site planning, energy-efficient building design, and sustainable design features. This successful project demonstrates the Morris Arboretum’s long-term commitment to sustainable practices and achieves the arboretum’s goal of providing a place for work, learning, and community.
(December 2011)

Weiss Pavilion Certified LEED Gold

Weiss Pavilion, Penn’s intercollegiate athletic weight training room and recreation center within the north arcade of Franklin Field, has been certified LEED Gold by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). It is Penn's fifth facility to become LEED Certified, following the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine (Certified), Music Building (Gold), Morris Arboretum Horticulture Center (Platinum), and Joe's Café (Gold, Commercial Interiors). Click here to read more.
(December 2011)

National Geographic Names Capogiro Best Place for Ice Cream in the World

Capogiro Gelato Artisans has been tabbed by National Geographic as the #1 spot for ice cream in the world. Capogiro has been a Philadelphia fixture since the doors of their first store opened at 13th and Sansom in 2002. The café at the Radian opened in 2009 and serves breakfast, panini, coffee, espresso, and cocktails in addition to its award-winning gelato. Click here for the full list of top ice cream spots from National Geographic.
(November 2011)

Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) Design Award

The Pennsylvania Council of SARA awarded the newly opened, $313m, Translational Research Center at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine a design award.
(September 2011)

Philament Award for Lighting Excellence

Completed in 2010, Wharton’s new On Campus Recruiting Suite (OCRS) has been recognized for its interior lighting design by the Philadelphia Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. (August 2011)

SCUP (Society for College and University Planning) Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture Addition/Renovation

Completed in the spring of 2010, the renovation and expansion introduced new state-of-the-art teaching and rehearsal spaces that revitalized the building as well as the School of Arts and Sciences’ Music Department. The building fits perfectly within Penn’s network of open spaces and gardens and is an integral piece of the Penn Connects campus development plan. It integrates multiple sustainable design elements and is Penn’s first LEED Gold building.  Click here for the complete list of 2011 SCUP Award Winners.
(August 2011)

Wharton OCRS Wins Philament Award for Lighting Excellence

Completed in 2010, Wharton’s new On Campus Recruiting Suite (OCRS) was recognized in August for its interior lighting design by the Philadelphia Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.(August 2011)

Sierra Magazine Cool Schools

University of Pennsylvania ranked #21 for 2011.  Penn was cited particularly for its Green Fund program, which awards grants to faculty, staff or students for innovative sustainability proposals.  For complete 2011 rankings click here.
(August 2011)

International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Honorable Mention

The Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware Chapter of the IIDA gave honorable mention to the renovations completed in the summer of 2010 to the Chemistry 1958 Wing for the organization of its interior space. (June 2011)

AIA Awards for Design Excellence

AIA Philadelphia's Awards for Design Excellence program recognizes significant achievements by member architecture firms in planning, design, and execution of architectural projects, and promotes the public appreciation of design quality.
Two Penn projects were honored under the Built Projects category:

Gold Medal: Awarded to a single work of the most exemplary design quality.
Out on a Limb, Morris Arboretum, Metcalfe

Honor Award: Awarded to works which exemplify high overall design quality in architecture, interiors and preservation.
Annenberg Public Policy Center, Ballinger

AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Winners

The Pennsylvania branch of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) awarded the Annenberg Public Policy Center, the Radian, and Morris Arboretum's Out on a Limb exhibit with 2010 Citations of Merit for Architectural Excellence. Click here for a complete list of award winners.

Preservation PA Award for the Music Building

Preservation Pennsylvania has honored Penn's Music Building with an Historic Preservation Award for Compatible New Addition in the Construction Project category of Public and Institutional work.

Weave Bridge Receives Construction Excellence Award from GBCA

The Weave Bridge was recently recognized by the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA) with a 2010 Construction Excellence Award.

SCI - West Community Grant Award

Andria Morales and Jim Garvey, this year's Artists in Residence, have been awarded a $3,000 grant by the Sustainable Communities Initiative - West (SCI-West) for their community outreach projects in collaboration with Neighborhood Bike Works. The grant money will be used to further build upon the Neighborhood Bike Works' youth education and outreach through art. SCI-West was designed to foster community empowerment in all of the areas that make a neighborhood great, including capital investment, economic activity, education, safety, and healthy environments and lifestyles. Thanks to FRES' Gina Renzi at The Rotunda for helping to secure the grant and for keeping our arts and culture initiatives thriving.

Second Nature Climate Leadership Award

Penn was recently honored with the first Climate Leadership Award for Institutional Excellence by Second Nature at the 4th Annual American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment Summit in Denver, Colorado. Penn was one of 12 institutions chosen from over 600 signatories eligible to receive the award. Click here to read the press release and learn more about the award.

Last Updated: Thursday, March 9, 2017