Pennovation Works is a 23 acre redevelopment of a former DuPont paint facility adjacent to the Schuylkill River by the University of Pennsylvania. The campus will serve as an incubator for new technologies. A laboratory for drone technologies (the GRASP lab) anchors one end of the central plaza which is paved in a graphic pattern recalling the chevrons inherent to the architecture and the branding developed by Bruce Mau Design.
The central plaza is flanked by other flexible spaces. A multi-stem London Plane grove with catenary lights allows for informal gatherings and a native meadow acts as a placeholder for future development, while creating a space for immersion in nature during the interim. The primary axes are highlighted by fastigiate sweetgums. Fastigiate pin oaks further highlight the architecture and emphasize the technology garages that open onto their own plazas.
Plantings and materials were selected to recall the existing site vocabulary established on other University of Pennsylvania open spaces, such as Penn Park. The stormwater infrastructure was developed to allow future additions to the site and express a clear palette of native sedges and shrubs.
Nicholas was a Landscape Designer and CAD Manager for Pennovation Works while at Land Collective.