The University of Pennsylvania has tapped coworking-space operator Benjamin's Desk to run its Pennovation Center research and business hub.

Benjamin's Desk will operate two floors of shared workspace and laboratories and one floor of Penn engineering labs in the 58,000-square-foot facility, company spokesman Joe Taylor Jr. said Thursday.

The building, a former industrial structure, is part of the $37.5 million first phase of development of the 23-acre Pennovation Works site along the southern bank of the Schuylkill.

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