Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science

Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science

Architect
KPMB Architects
Location
133 S 36th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA | View Map
Project Year
2018
Category
Universities
Stories By
KPMB Architects

Entro
Adrien Williams

Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, University of Pennsylvania

KPMB Architects as Architects

The Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics (PCPSE) consolidates the University’s Political Science Department and Department of Economics in one location. On the north-east corner of Walnut and 36th Streets, the Center comprises the reuse and renovation of the historic West Philadelphia Title and Trust Company building from the late 1920’s, and a new addition to the north of the same area.

 

The old and new have been fully integrated on the interior, and the new façades of the addition complement the vertical style of the heritage building.

 

The center’s north addition features a new façade that resonates with the vertical style of the historic West Philadelphia Title and Trust Co. building. The main west entrance is on 36th Street at the intersection of old and new buildings. The scale of the double height ground floor of the old bank building – with its striking heritage windows – is extended into the grade level of the new addition, delivering a highly transparent animated academic ‘storefront’ on 36th Street. The addition’s exterior palette of silver metal, frosted and clear glass is also designed to complement the historic limestone façade.

 

Material Used :

1. Terrazzo

2. 9Wood

3. USG MetalCeilings

4. Interface Carpet

5. Granicor Stone

Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, University of Pennsylvania

Entro as Consultants

The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics (PCPSE) brings together the School of Arts & Sciences’ strengths in engaged global Social Science research and teaching. The PCPSE offers a new opportunity to consolidate in one location the University’s Political Science Department and Department of Economics, along with related academic programs. 

 

The PCPSE is located in a new facility that combines a rehabilitation of the existing building at 133 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, with a significant addition to its north. In this project, the existing building will be fully renovated, with its south and west facades kept and restored. The renovated existing building and the new addition will be occupied and used in its entirety by the PCPSE. 

 

The building program includes a 120-seat auditorium, classrooms, undergraduate meeting rooms, a forum with a seating capacity of 72, as well as offices for faculty of both the Economics and Political Science departments. 

 

Entro developed an elegant minimal wayfinding and donor signage program that integrates well with the older building features as well as with the cool modern look of the addition. Our materials are timeless, long lasting and follow the overall aesthetic of the University of Pennsylvania signage standards.

Project Credits
Consultants
MEP, Fire Protection and LEED Admin
Environmental Design & Energy Analysis
Structural
Products used in this project
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct name
CarpetInterface
Metal CeilingsUSG Corporation
Manufacturers9Wood
StoneGranicor
Product Spec Sheet
Carpet
Metal Ceilings
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