Amy Gutmann Hall

University of Pennsylvania Amy Gutmann Hall

Driving cross-disciplinary collaboration by harnessing research & data


Higher Education


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania




Projected to be completed in 2024, the University of Pennsylvania Amy Gutmann Hall is a new timber frame, six-story academic facility. As the new hub for the University of Pennsylvania's cross-disciplinary collaboration, Amy Gutmann Hall will help students, faculty, and staff harness research and data. Named after one of the University of Pennsylvania's longest-serving president, the building is the first mass timber project in Philadelphia, the first design-assist delivery project of scale for the University of Pennsylvania, and is one of the taller mass timber buildings in the region. 

Our Approach 

Southland is providing design-assist mechanical and plumbing services for this new data science building. To get ahead of procurement issues and establish and maintain a target value, we were formally onboarded during design development to work with the Engineer of Record and project team.

By working through various options, we guided the project team to commit to final equipment and material selections prior to 100 percent construction document delivery, facilitating a head start on coordinating openings and penetrations in the structural timber, which needed to be designed into the manufactured product. 

Additionally, our team reduced the total project budget between design development and the final construction document milestone.  

Amy Gutmann Hall
Amy Gutmann Hall Mechanical
Amy Gutmann Hall


With a focus on sustainable design and the goal of connecting occupants in the digital world to the natural environment, the building structure will produce a reduced carbon footprint. The project also included diverse business participation goals for Women-Business Enterprises (WBE) and Minority-Business Enterprises (MBE). The building is currently targeting a  LEED Platinum certification.  

Once completed, Amy Gutmann Hall will help make the tools of data analysis more accessible across a variety of fields, furthering interests of the entire University of Pennsylvania community. 

  • Successful Partnerships

    Owner: University of Pennsylvania 
    GC: Gilbane Building Company 
    Architect: Lake Flato Architects, KSS Architects 

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