Golkin Hall, designed by architects Kennedy & Violich. The approximately $30 million, 40,000-square-foot Sansom Street Project follows a multi-year, $18 million, top-to-bottom renovation of three of Penn Law's interconnected buildings. As a result of those renovations, the Law School's classrooms and the Biddle Library are state of the art. New faculty offices facilitate scholarship and student advising, collaborative-study rooms are available for teams of students, and the Gittis Clinic and student groups benefit from improved meeting space.
The University of Pennsylvania Golkin Hall, one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished law schools, is renowned for providing a cross-disciplinary legal education in an intimate environment that encourages collaborative scholarship and study. The new building and the reassigned spaces promote the collegial and collaborative environment that supports the educational mission at Penn Law. A key architectural goal for the complex was to enhance existing interactions and facilitate new ones between faculty members, between students, and among faculty, students, and staff. The new building is respectful of the existing facility, particularly historic Silverman Hall and of the interior Courtyard. The new wing also celebrates the presence of Golkin Hall in its urban setting and symbolize Penn’s commitment to the community of which it is a part.Program
The former Pepper Hall was completely replaced with a multi-story, multi-use facility. The new building provides increased space in the complex for faculty offices, research centers, administrative offices, student organizations, teaching facilities, and spaces designed for interactions that foster the cross-disciplinary thinking for which Penn Law is widely known.