The Radian Student Residence, University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, PA

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The Radian is a 12-story, 500-bed residential and retail center at the edge of the University of Pennsylvania’s rapidly expanding campus. Developed by a private developer in collaboration with the University, the project incorporates ground-level retail, residential services and open space into a building that not only serves its residents and the University population, but the West Philadelphia community as well.

The 163,000 sf residential floor area includes one- to four-bedroom units as well as a fitness center and a two-story city-view clubroom with a walk-out terrace. The ground-level retail pushes back from the street, opening a public space for informal gathering. The residential entrance exists along this axis and public activity extends up and under the residential tower via a grand stair. The project also features a 12,000 sf green roof, located on an elevated terrace above the ground-floor retail and adjacent to an outdoor dining area. The green roof covers 20% of the building’s total footprint and was originally designed to satisfy the city’s storm water control regulations.

The building skin is a pre-fabricated rainscreen wall panel system. The pre-fabrication allows for a tighter tolerance, higher construction quality and cost effectiveness which could not have been met with typical construction processes.


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Structural Systems Used

Reinforced Concrete