PENNOVATION WORKS OPEN HOUSE
THURSDAY 10/6 | 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Pennovation Works 3401 Grays Ferry Avenue
We connected with the project design team at Penn’s Facilities and Real Estate Services about the Pennovation Center Open House and how the event represents this year’s DesignPhiladelphia theme: home.
What does home mean to you and how does your event express it?
The Pennovation Works is a new home at the University of Pennsylvania where inventors, entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, and other creative minds can bring their ideas to reality. Facilities on the 23-acre site adjacent to Penn’s West Philadelphia campus offer a unique blend of offices, labs, and production space. The Pennovation Works is anchored by the Pennovation Center, a new business incubator that will provide lab space and a hub for collaboration and the exchange of ideas for innovators from all disciplines. Our October 6 event takes place in the Pennovation Center, where attendees will witness how the building’s northern façade bursts forth from the grid of the repurposed former industrial warehouse with illuminated angular panes of glass, reflecting the robust creativity and entrepreneurial activity taking place inside.
What do you hope attendees take away from attending your event?
Guests will view firsthand how the design of the Pennovation Center rehabilitates an existing industrial building once used for materials-science research, bringing it back to life as Penn’s hub for innovation, research and entrepreneurialism.
Guests will witness how the Pennovation Center represents a collaborative effort and significant, highly visible leap forward in the larger vision of Pennovation Works.
There will be an understanding of how the entire site -- its architecture, landscape, signage and programming -- reflects the innovative, collaborative ventures taking place within.
What are two questions that you would like to ask your event participants?
What are their considerations of this instance of adaptive reuse of an existing former industrial site?
What else might draw creative Philadelphians to the Pennovation Works?