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Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building

The College of Arts and Sciences’ Gold LEED-certified Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building is home to North America’s largest living biowall - and the only wall of its kind in a U.S. university. The landmark facility is named in honor of Drexel’s 12th president, Constantine N. Papadakis, PhD. During his tenure, Papadakis recognized the need for greater space to serve the biomedical sciences, a field that quickly flourished after the University’s merger with the College of Medicine.

The atrium's sprial staircase

The 150,000 square-foot building, designed by world-renowned architects Diamond & Schmitt and executed by Turner Construction, houses 44 research and teaching laboratories for biology, chemistry and biomedical engineering. The focal point of the atrium is the 22-foot wide, 80-foot tall living biowall, designed by Nedlaw Living Walls and maintained by Parker Plants. (Learn more about the Biowall.)

Biology research faculty, whose work ranges from biodiversity conservation to cancer and Alzheimer’s research, each have a lab in the building that is equipped with the latest technology (not to mention some of the best views of University City).