UPENN Golkin Hall Law School Addition

Higher Education


  • University of Pennsylvania


  • Kennedy & Violich (KVA)


  • Philadelphia, PA

Hunter Roberts provided construction management services that included pre-construction for the Golkin Hall Law School Addition at the University of Pennsylvania.  The scope of this fast-track project included the demolition of the existing, one-story Pepper Hall building replaced with a new 36,500 GSF, 3-story faculty, administrative and classroom wing, with flexible space for future expansion and informal meeting spaces.  The project goals included creating a forward looking building of national significance; a “green” building consistent with sustainable principles (with the objective of achieving a minimum LEED Gold certification).

Project features include:

  • State-of-the-art court room
  • 350-seat auditorium
  • Faculty and administration offices
  • Flexible, state-of-the-art seminar and collaboration spaces
  • The Sidebar Café
  • Roof-top garden and walkway
  • Extensive use of natural light via skylights
  • Expansive stairways and interior glass walls
  • LEED Certifiable building, one of the first law schools so designated in the United States
  • Designed for energy efficiency and quality of interior daylighting.
  • Bridge link to faculty offices of Silverman Hall
  • Transformative renovation of the Goat Lounge

Coordination of construction activities began in February 2010, and on April 12th, we officially made our presence on site when we began an extremely intricate and challenging electrical sequence that allowed Pepper Hall to be dismantled by the end of June.  Simultaneous to this work, a temporary space was created in the Great Halls of Silverman, as well as Tanenbaum, to house the offices of the law school faculty and staff.