Major Drexel Project Updates as of May 2016
1427 Vine Street: Construction is in progress for the complete renovation of the fifth floor to accommodate the internal relocation of the College of Medicine’s Women’s Care Center from the seventh floor. The target for substantial completion is August 2016.
219 N. Broad Street – (The Arnold T. Berman, M.D. Building) Main Lobby Renovations: The renovations to both the Main Lobby and the new suite for the Family Medicine practice are complete and operational. A conference room for use by the entire building was also added to the scope and is complete and furnished.
3101 Market Street: 3101 Market Street renovation for the relocation of engineering laboratories and electrical and computer engineering laboratories from the third floor of Bossone Research Enterprise Center expansion of the College of Engineering’s research capacities is underway. Designs have been completed for offices for the AJ Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment, a social sciences lab and a geographic information systems lab. Construction is expected to begin in July 2016.
Bossone Research Enterprise Center Renovations: Fifth floor laboratories with new chemical fume hoods are complete, and researchers in Materials Science are in the process of setting up experiments. Demolition has begun for repurposing the sixth floor for bio-medical engineering and adding chemical fume hoods to the fifth floor.
Center for Automation Technology (CAT): Infrastructure improvements needed to support new wet research laboratories for the department of chemistry, as well as the environmental engineering component of the Institute for Energy and the Environment laboratories, are in progress. Construction documents are completed and construction will take place in multiple phases over three fiscal years. Phase 1 – the basement demolition and construction of the floor with associated infrastructure – will begin in early June 2016.
Daskalakis Athletic Center (DAC): The construction documents are completed for Phases 5 and 6 and construction will begin by the end of May 2016. Phase 5 renovations on the basketball court level involve adding new bathrooms, offices, ticket booth, conference room, storage rooms and audio/visual room for TV. Phase 6 is the installation of a new air conditioning system for the arena; the air-handling units and chillers have been ordered. Substantial completion is scheduled for September 2016.
LeBow Engineering Center Chiller Plant Upgrade Phase 2: The renovation of LeBow Engineering Center chiller plant is complete, and the chiller plant is fully operational. The new chiller plant infrastructure is sized to handle the cooling loads for the existing buildings, future CAT renovation, and potential Calhoun Animal Lab renovation located in the basement of the LeBow Engineering Center.
Korman Center/Korman Quad Enhancements: Gluckman Tang is the architect for an addition to the existing Korman Center building that will add much needed student common space, while updating the building’s appearance to align more closely with the quality of the newer buildings on the Quad. Renovations to the Quad, to be named the "Korman Quadrangle," will integrate it with the existing Perelman Plaza to revitalize this core thoroughfare. The project, funded by a generous $8.0 million gift from the Korman family with a University match, is expected to be complete in fall 2017. Groundbreaking will take place in June.
Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research Building (PPSRB) Renovation: Design is in progress
for renovations to the ground and third floors of PPSRB. The ground floor renovation will create
the new home for the James E. Marks Intercultural Center, as well as offices for the Office of
Equality and Diversity, the Student Center for Inclusion and Culture and the LGBTQA Student
Center. The renovation of the third floor will create spaces for the consolidation of Hospitality
and Sport Management and University Partnerships. Also included are code-required building-wide fire/life safety upgrades.
Public Realm Plan: Urban design and landscape architecture firm West 8 is completing the overview of a Public Realm Plan for the University. Goals for the plan include making our campus more positively urban and people-friendly and providing a framework for future development that facilitates connections – to the city, to adjacent neighborhoods and among various campus precincts. Phase 2 of the plan has begun, with completion expected in September. An Open House to solicit feedback from the University community was held on May 6, 2016.
Queen Lane Campus - A Wing, First Floor Classroom: Construction will begin in late May 2016 on a new, 132-student Team-based Learning Center which will allow the entire medical class to experience course content at the same time with multiple instructors.
Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life: Construction is in progress, and substantial completion is expected in September 2016.
Stein Auditorium Renovation (Nesbitt Hall): Renovations beginning in June 2016 will make the auditorium fully ADA-accessible with the addition of a ramp to access the stage, new auditorium seating with larger tablet arms and other cosmetic upgrades including lighting.
Thomas R. Kline Institute for Trial Advocacy at the Kline School of Law: The renovation of 1200 Chestnut Street for the Thomas R. Kline Institute for Trial Advocacy is in progress, with substantial completion targeted for the end of 2016.
Third-Party Project Updates as of May 2016
Childcare Mixed-Use/Residential Development (Radnor Property Group): Radnor Property Group has broken ground on the development of View32, its new 16-story mixed-use residential and childcare development at 3201 Race Street. Nobel Learning Communities will be the operator of the 180-person preschool facility, and the childcare/residential tower will total 176,000 square feet. The project also entails the development of 12 owner-occupied townhomes totaling 13,200 square feet. Radnor Property Group is developing the project under a ground lease agreement with Drexel (similar to the third-party developments by American Campus Communities), at no cost to the University.
The Study Hotel at University City (Hospitality 3): Construction is in progress at 33rd and Chestnut Streets for Hospitality 3’s 212-room boutique hotel. The hotel is on schedule to open in fall 2016.
University City High School Site (Drexel-Wexford Science & Technology Joint Venture): Temporary parking lots have been installed along 38th Street. Infrastructure work began in January 2016.