Major Drexel Project Updates as of January 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 July 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 and Bellet Building (College of Nursing and Health Professions): As the final administrative offices for the College of Nursing and Health Professions relocate from the Bellet Building to Three Parkway, Drexel University is now the largest tenant in the Three Parkway building at 1601 Cherry Street. The University has erected backlit signage on three sides of the 20-story building, a prominent marker of Drexel’s presence in Center City Philadelphia.
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. The Innovation Studio, comprising the Machine Shop (relocated from Hess Laboratories), the freshman laboratories and multi-disciplinary maker space, is complete and in service. Meanwhile, 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.
Bossone Research Enterprise Center Renovations: Demolition commences in February 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 drawings are to be completed by end of March 2016.
Graduate College Suite (Main Building-3rd Floor) : The construction of an office for the Graduate College is in progress, with substantial completion targeted for February 2016.
LeBow Engineering Center Chiller Plant Upgrade Phase 2 : The renovation of LeBow Engineering Center chiller plant is in progress, with substantial completion scheduled for April 1, 2016. The chiller plant currently serves both the LeBow Engineering Center and Center for Automation Technology (CAT). 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 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 development is in progress.
New College Building – First Floor Library – 24 Hour Student Study Space: Drexel University Libraries recently relocated the 24-Hour Student Study Space to the first floor of the Library within the New College Building. Over Winter Break, the Student Study Space was completely renovated: existing carpet was replaced with new carpet tiles, the majority of existing furniture was replaced to create multiple study space options, and the electrical distribution was improved to work with the new layout.
Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research Building (PPSRB) Renovation: The HVAC renovation of PPSRB is in progress, with substantial completion scheduled for the end of January 2016. 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.
Pearlstein Business Learning Center Renovation (Close School of Entrepreneurship): Construction is in progress for renovations on the fourth floor of the Pearlstein Business Learning Center for the Close School of Entrepreneurship. Substantial completion and beneficial occupancy are expected in March 2016.
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.
Stein Auditorium Renovation : Renovations to Nesbitt Hall’s Stein Auditorium will modernize the space and make the auditorium fully ADA-accessible with cosmetic-level upgrades and the replacement of the fixed seating.
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 (KITA) is in progress, with substantial completion targeted for fall 2016.
Third-Party Project Updates as of December 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.
University City High School Site (Drexel-Wexford Science & Technology Joint Venture): Work has begun on temporary parking lots along 38th Street. Infrastructure work is scheduled to start in January 2016.
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.