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Penn Park At The University of Pennsylvania

Transforming a degraded site into a word-class athletic facility

  • 24

    Acres

  • 600

    Spectator Seating

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Collaboration and creativity lead to community at Penn Park

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.  

At a Glance

Offices
Architect
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Award
American Sport Builders Association Award
2012 Outdoor Tennis Facility of the Year
Meet Our Team

David Nardone, Principal

I am inspired by seeing the end users—adults and kids—on the fields we design. Their excitement and appreciation truly motivates me.

Chuck Lounsberry, Principal

Through design visualization, we’re helping people tell stories of their project from their perspective to their community.
  • David Nardone

    Principal

  • Chuck Lounsberry

    Principal

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