In the spirit of sustaining growth and connectivity, the master plan for uCity Square is designed to continue the evolution of our community of ingenuity. Over the next 10 years, uCity Square will develop an additional 4 million square feet of office, lab, retail, residential, and shared public space - growing the innovation district to a total of 6.5 million square feet spanning 11 city blocks.
Innovation is driven by two major things - a density of skilled people and relentless curiosity.
At uCity Square, you’ll experience a neighborhood overflowing with both.
What is uCity Square?
Located in Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood, uCity Square is a 6.5 million-square-foot mixed-use community consisting of retail, residential, clinical, office, and laboratory space concentrated around an open-air public square.
Surrounded by colleges and universities, independent research institutions, world-renowned hospitals, hundreds of restaurants and shops, and thousands of jobs, uCity Square is the center of connectivity for residents, students, professionals, and entrepreneurs. It is where serendipitous collisions and chance meetings lead to collaboration and the exchange of ideas. It is where the future is invented through partnerships and participation. And it is where determination turns the improbable into a reality.
Just as science and technology industries constantly seek to achieve new breakthroughs and reach new milestones, so does uCity Square.
As the heart of our city expands westward, uCity Square will be the linchpin that connects the surrounding neighborhoods to the rest of University City, opening pathways to access and inclusion. And it will carry on the Science Center’s 50+ year legacy of connecting experts, entrepreneurs, students, and residents to foster ideas and breakthroughs as one of the nation’s leading innovation districts.
uCity Square is a partnership between the University City Science Center and Wexford Science + Technology.
At the physical and spiritual heart of uCity Square lies the Science Center and its 50+ year history of helping entrepreneurs move their ideas out of the lab, the workshop, or the garage, and into the marketplace. Founded in 1963 as the nation’s first urban research park, the Science Center’s core strength in tech-based economic development makes it a powerhouse in the region.
Wexford Science + Technology is a development company exclusively focused on partnering with universities, academic medical centers, and research institutions to create vibrant, mixed-use communities built upon a foundation of discovery, innovation, and entrepreneurial activity. Wexford has been developing lab space in University City since 1999 and is continuing to grow the neighborhood as an innovation district through the future uCity Square developments.