Celebrating Achievement and Collaboration: Pennovation Center receives AIA NJ Honor Design Award in Built Preservation

The Pennovation Center is the University of Pennsylvania’s iconic landmark. This hybrid building functions as a space that brings together the University’s researchers, students, and corporate constituents where the users can appreciate and marvel at the conglomerate of its various shared spaces, wet labs, fabrication lab, co-working spaces, and social areas—and it seems AIA NJ would agree! 

Our excited KSS staff would like to celebrate AIA NJ honoring our Pennovation Center with the Honor Design Award in Built Preservation. Jurors have concluded that our Pennovation Center is a phenomenal adaptive reuse project and we couldn’t be more flattered by the recognition. 

Located at the 23-acre, former DuPont industrial site along the Schuylkill River, in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Grays Ferry, the Pennovation Center represents the next generation of Philadelphia and global innovation. The Center was a brick and mortar factory relic before intersecting with KSS design innovations and being transformed into this hub of collaboration and creativity. 

 Designed by Hollwich Kushner and KSS, the Pennovation Center remains sensitive to Philadelphia’s industrial history while instilling a new legacy of creative exploration and entrepreneurship. “The Pennovation Center signifies part of an innovative movement at the leading edge of global transformation – as a catalyst for learning, incubator for commerce, and force for the community,” said Petar Mattioni, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, KSS Architects. “The realization of this facility, both rich in heritage and ambitiously furture-oriented, was born from the very same principles of collaboration, connectivity, technical expertise, and creativity.”


Thank you to everyone involved in realizing the vision of the Pennovation Center, and thank you to AIA NJ for this incredible honor.