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Penn Park At The University of Pennsylvania

Transforming a degraded site into a word-class athletic facility

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Collaboration and creativity are helping the University see its vision of a 24-acre, active and passive recreation space for students and the general public become a reality.  Working with University departments to understand their needs for Penn Park, we developed creative solutions for sustainable infrastructure and effectively managing costs. We selected appropriate materials and surfaces to provide NCAA quality facilities that will withstand heavy use as an urban park open to and heavily used by the public. Our design also fully integrates the facilities into the intimate scale of a park setting. Discrete siting and custom detailed fencing, venues nestled into the park’s landforms, a network of tree lined pathways – all insure maximum flexibility and functionality while maintaining a park-like feeling. 

Following completion of Penn Park, our Sport Group provided a master plan of the adjacent athletic complex, Penn River Fields, including a new permanent home for the field hockey team. We are now working on implementing that plan. Our detailed graphics and 3D models showing the entire Penn Park-Rivers Field design solution helped solicit buy-in from the University and the City.  

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