Major Drexel Project Updates as of July 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.
3101 Market Street Renovation: Construction for the relocation of engineering laboratories and electrical and computer engineering laboratories from the third floor of Bossone Research Enterprise Center and for the 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, and construction is underway.
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 is complete and construction is underway for repurposing the sixth floor for bio-medical engineering.
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 – began in early June 2016. Substantial completion is expected in December 2016.
Daskalakis Athletic Center (DAC) Renovations: Construction is underway for Phases 5 and 6. 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 late September 2016.
Fox Historic Costume Collection (URBN Center): The expansion of the Fox Historic Costume Collection is currently in the programming phase; Atkin Olshin Schade is the architect for this project, made possible by a generous gift from Penny and Robert Fox.
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 Hyman Korman Family Foundation with a University match, is expected to be complete in fall 2017. Groundbreaking took place in June, move coordination is near completion, and construction of the enabling phases starts late July.
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 in May, and the design team is working to incorporate feedback.
Queen Lane Campus – A Wing, First Floor Classroom: Construction began in early 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. Construction is scheduled to be complete by early August.
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 began in June 2016 to 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 July 2016
Childcare Mixed-Use ⁄ Residential Development (Radnor Property Group): Radnor Property Group has broken ground on the development of Vue32, its new 16-story mixed-use residential and childcare development at 3201 Race Street, expected to be complete in fall 2017. 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, expected to be complete in late 2018. 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 late 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.