Penn to build its first-ever new college house

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Friday, November 8, 2013

The University of Pennsylvania has announced it will break ground tomorrow on its first-ever residential building specifically designed as a college house, Penn’s residential system that brings together undergraduates, faculty, staff and graduate students to form shared communities within the larger context of Penn's vibrant campus.

Penn President Amy Gutmann will be joined at the event by Penn Trustee Chair David L. Cohen and major donors to the project. Providing funds for the project to date are Emeritus Trustee Stephen Heyman W’59 and his wife, Barbara Heyman, and the Lauder Foundation. Members of the Lauder Family who will attend the event include Leonard Lauder W’54, Penn Emeritus Trustee; William Lauder W’83, Penn Term Trustee; Ronald Lauder W’65, Lauder Institute Board of Governors chairman; and Gary Lauder C’84, W’84 and his wife, Laura Lauder.

“The Lauder Foundation and Stephen and Barbara Heyman have made transformative investments in undergraduate life at Penn,” Gutmann said. “Their contributions go to the very heart of the Penn experience -- enriching students' campus homes so that they are even more satisfying and supportive of academic life. Generations of students will share our gratitude for their generosity."

“Our family is thrilled to join together to help enrich the experience for future generations of the Penn family -– the students, faculty and staff who will live and learn in the New College House,” said William P. Lauder on behalf of the Lauder Foundation.

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