July 6th, 2012
Golkin Hall, named for Perry Golkin (W ’74, WG ’74, L ’78) and Donna Golkin (WG ’77), at the University of Pennsylvania Law School is a new, 40,000 square-foot, $33.5 million building connecting Silverman Hall and Tanenbaum Hall. Completed in January 2012, this building replaced Pepper Hall and features a 350-seat auditorium, a state-of-the-art courtroom, office space, a rooftop garden and even a cafe. Construction began in May 2010, and one year later, Penn Law senior staff got their first look inside the still-under-construction Golkin Hall, which is designed to encourage collaboration among administrative departments, faculty and students. Throughout the process, students, faculty, alumni and members of the school’s administration had the opportunity to view a live webcam of the building’s progress, with many commenting on the Golkin Hall Project Blog that they were viewing the live stream in remote locations from Boston to Jerusalem. The building’s opening marked the end of a ten-year period of renovation of the Penn Law campus, which facilitated a 50% growth in Penn Law’s faculty, increases in course offerings and the launch of nearly 30 joint-degree and certificate programs with other schools at Penn.