A Toolbox for the University
The proposed Tangen Hall will be a home for the University of Pennsylvania’s Venture Lab. The design is centered on creating a “Toolbox for the University,” celebrating the University’s commitment to entrepreneurship and multidisciplinary collaboration that includes the Wharton School, School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of Design. The goals for this project are to support student entrepreneurship and connect students to new resources while creating a landmark building to support the University’s commitment to innovation.
Tangen Hall will include spaces that will help pilot student led ventures, including a makerspace, test kitchen, colloquium, a retail store, team rooms, seminar rooms, coworking space and rentable/assignable pods. Special attention is placed on multi-function spaces, including a colloquium hall and a large seminar space, for guest speakers, receptions, events, conferences, and co-working. The Integrated Product Design program represents one of the key features within Tangen Hall. This program will be supported by an open studio environment and an advanced equipment lab. The facility will house both, the Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship and Wharton Small Business Development staff as well as provide temporary spaces for faculty mentors.