AHA Completes New College House Project at University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia – AHA Consulting Engineers provided MEP/FP design, energy modeling, and LEED administration services for the new 190,000 SF college house project that has the capacity to house 350 students at University of Pennsylvania.

Designed and built to attain a minimum of LEED silver certification, AHA engineered a plan to include  low-flow and low consumption plumbing fixtures, vegetated green roof, domestic hot water pre-heat with steam condensate and ventilation unit with enthalpy wheel energy recovery.


It’s the best College House ever on any university campus, designed from the get-go as a living, learning, and playing center. It’s exceeded my wildest expectations!”, declared University of Pennsylvania President, Amy Gutman of the “live and learn” signature campus college house, referred to as New College House.

New College House offers multi-bedroom suites ranging from one to six bedrooms with private bathrooms and major programmatic spaces surrounding a central courtyard that serves the population of the building and encourages all residents to engage in the life of the House. It also features green roofs, an in-house dining hall and community kitchens to allow residents to cook for themselves, a multimedia room where films and other presentations can be shown, seminar rooms with the latest in instructional and collaborative technology, music practice and performance rooms, a living room gathering space and lounge areas on each floor.

Living at New College House helps prepare students for global engagement through programming and events which focus on promoting dialogue and creating experiences through which students can engage with the world. These include a multidisciplinary exploration of what city life encompasses and service learning projects that allow residents to contribute to Philadelphia’;s larger community.