Responding to COVID-19: Spring 2022

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

We are looking forward to another exciting and innovative semester.  For those of you who are returning to campus on January 20th , it is critical that you review the Spring 2021 Guidelines that outline policies and procedures for accessing spaces within university buildings prior to coming onto campus.  They can be found here: Spring 2021 Guidelines . Please be sure to read each of the 10 requirements outlined in the Weitzman Campus Compact. In particular, faculty, staff, and students are required to wear PPE distributed by either the University of Pennsylvania or the Weitzman School of Design. 

Building Hours:

All Weitzman School of Design Buildings will be open Monday through Friday 8AM-8PM for Spring 2021.  Meyerson Hall and the Morgan Building will have select Saturday hours from 12noon-4PM.  (All hours are subject to change)

There will be UPENN Public Health Ambassadors located at each building entry to provide assistance and monitor compliance for Penn Open Pass, appropriate PPE, and temperature.

Use of Space On Campus and Within Weitzman School of Design Buildings:

Studio space has been allocated and scheduled for departments and sections who have decided to conduct hybrid learning.  Access this semester continues to be staggered to allow for cleaning and to reduce the risk of transmission.  Students are permitted (4) hour access to their studio per day during the designated studio schedule.  Note: if your professor decides to teach remotely, you may still occupy your studio seat.  You must remove all materials from the desk when leaving the studio.  This allows for disinfection of the room and surfaces. Areas have been designated within studio for storage of models and build materials. 

We have assigned exhibition spaces to specific departments to allow for safe group meetings, pin ups, and presentations.  Reservations can be made by emailing Weitzman Facilities.  See below for department and location:

MFA                Morgan Physical Lab and White Room
ARCH             Addams Gallery
CPLN              Upper Gallery
LARP              Upper Gallery
HSPV              Upper Gallery 

For students in Philadelphia requesting individual study space, there are currently two options:

  1. You may email Weitzman Facilities to reserve a space for a maximum of (4) hours Monday through Friday during normal building hours.  These reservations are limited to space available.
  2. The Van Pelt Library has a system for reserving individual study space that goes live on February 1st. Students can reserve seating here Introduction - Seat Reservations - Guides at Penn Libraries (

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and partnership. Our continued success in navigating the Covid-19 pandemic requires all of us – faculty, staff, and students – to work together, support each other, and follow the guidelines designed to protect the health and safety of our community.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or need additional information.

With best regards,


Karl M. Wellman, Jr.
Senior Director 
Operations and Planning
Design and Construction