Major Drexel Project Updates as of November/December 2015
1427 Vine Street: Construction will begin in early 2016 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. Occupancy is anticipated in mid-2016.
219 N. Broad Street – Berman Main Lobby and Mezzanine Renovations: Construction is in progress on the $4.0 million renovation of the Main Lobby and Mezzanine, which relocates the building’s entrance, increasing and improving the flow of patient traffic to the medical offices on the floors above, and adds revenue-generating clinical spaces.
3 Parkway (College of Nursing and Health Professions): The last step in consolidating the College is to move remaining administrative functions from the Bellet Building to the 10th floor by the end of the first quarter of 2016.
3401 Market Street (CASTL, DragonsTEACH and College of Arts & Sciences): Drexel has entered into a new lease at 3401 Market for approximately 7,400 rentable square feet to house two grant-funded initiatives, DragonsTeach and the Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning (CASTL), as well as space for components of the criminology and justice studies programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. Occupancy of the space is expected by mid-December.
Bossone Research Enterprise Center Renovations: Construction is complete for the first floor expansion of the Core Research Facilities for materials characterization, and for new laboratories for electrochemistry and thin-layer materials fabrication. Equipment is being set up in the new labs. Meanwhile, the design is underway and contract documents are being prepared for repurposing the sixth floor for faculty working in bio-medical engineering and environmental sciences, and adding chemical fume hoods to the fifth floor.
Calhoun Hall - Interior Improvements: The University is designing interior improvements to undergraduate student rooms in Calhoun Hall, including the removal of existing built-in furniture, the installation of new furniture and other cosmetic improvements, including painting, flooring, lighting and new cabinetry and appliances in existing kitchens. The building is expected to reopen for student occupancy in fall 2016.
Center for Automation Technology (CAT)/LeBow Engineering Center and Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research Building (PPSRB) : Six new classrooms and instructional laboratories were built on the second floor of PPSRB and placed in service in September 2015. The new classrooms freed space in CAT/LeBow for the construction of wet research laboratories for the department of chemistry, as well as the environmental engineering component of the Institute for Energy and the Environment. Infrastructure improvements needed to support the new laboratories are in progress. Meanwhile, new leased space on the third and fourth floors of University Crossings was prepared for graduate student offices relocated from PPSRB, with occupancy expected by Thanksgiving.
Korman Center/Korman Quad Enhancements: Gluckman Mayner 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. Design is in progress.
Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research Building (PPSRB) Renovation: Schematic design is complete 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, including both Muslim and interfaith worship spaces, flexible program space, a student commons and the offices of Spiritual and Religious Life. The ground floor renovation will also create 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 of PPSRB 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.
Pearlstein Business Learning Center Renovation (Close School of Entrepreneurship): Demolition is in progress leading to renovations on the fourth floor of the Pearlstein Business Learning Center to allow the Close School of Entrepreneurship to expand and utilize the full fourth floor. The designer is Purdy O’Gwynn. The contractor is Bittenbender Construction. Substantial completion and beneficial occupancy are expected in March 2016. This project was made possible by a $1.0 million lead gift from the Close Foundation.
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.
Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life: Stanley Saitowitz of Natoma Architects is the principal designer for the project; design and documentation are complete. The project is under construction by Bittenbender Construction. Construction began in late summer, and substantial completion is expected in September 2016. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Oct. 7.
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 fall 2016.
Third-Party Project Updates as of October 2015
Childcare Mixed-Use/Residential Development (Radnor Property Group): The University has signed an agreement to enter into a ground lease with Radnor Property Group for the development of a mixed-use childcare and market-rate housing development at 3201 Race Street. Nobel Learning Communities will be the operator of the 180-person childcare facility. The childcare/market-rate apartment portion of the project will be 176,000 square feet, and the owner-occupied townhome component of the project will be 13,200 square feet (12 units).
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.
The Summit and Chestnut Square Retail (American Campus Communities): The retail locations at Chestnut Square are now 100% leased, with Supercuts open and Hand & Stone Spa planning to open above Zavino in early 2016. At The Summit, Starbucks plans to open in early December, and construction will soon begin on Old Nelson (deli) and Ramen Bar (restaurant), both of which are planning to open in spring 2016. American Campus Communities is currently in lease negotiations with five additional retail tenants for The Summit.
University City High School Site (Drexel-Wexford Science & Technology Joint Venture): Demolition is complete on the site, making way for infrastructure work to begin.
University Crossings Renovations (American Campus Communities): Renovations of the living spaces are complete. Present University-leased premises located on the basement and first floor of the property are also receiving minor renovations to accommodate a new elevator and stairwell.