University of Pennsylvania Golkin Hall Law School Addition

Philadelphia, PA
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The University of Pennsylvania Golkin Hall is one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished law schools.

This project featured the demolition of the former, one-story Pepper Hall building to make way for the construction of a new 50,000 SF, 3-story faculty, administrative, and classroom wing. The space features a state-of-the-art court room, 350-seat auditorium, faculty and administration offices, flexible seminar and collaboration spaces, a cafe, 3 green roofs with bio detention basins on-grade, roof-top garden and walkway, extensive natural light via skylights, and expansive stairways and interior glass walls.

This LEED Gold Certified building is one of the first law schools in the United States to receive this designation. It was designed for energy efficiency and quality of interior daylighting. In addition, Hunter Roberts constructed a bridge to link the wing to the faculty offices of Silverman Hall and renovated the Goat Lounge. 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. Silverman Hall remained occupied as the addition, bridge construction, and renovations took place.

Market Sector
University of Pennsylvania
Kennedy & Violich Architecture
50,000 SF
Completion Date
2013 Best in Class: Brick in Architecture
Photo Credit
Halkin Mason Photography