LEBOW COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
32nd and Market Streets
On the site formerly occupied by Matheson Hall, Keating Building Corp. is overseeing construction of the new home of the LeBow College of Business. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Voith & Mactavish Architects, the 12-story, 177,500-square-foot building will feature a 5-story atrium to help introduce natural light into the interior spaces. The $92 million project will also feature an integrated green roof, high-efficiency mechanical equipment, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and occupancy and daylight sensors to control artificial lighting. Green Globes certification is anticipated. More information is available at buildinglebow.com.
Completion date: Early 2014
35th and Market Streets
The architectural firm MS&R has been retained to adapt the 130,000 square-foot former Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) office building at 35th and Market Streets and the 13,000-square-foot former daycare center at 34th and Filbert Streets to be the future home of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Both properties are sited on over 3 acres of land immediately adjoining the Drexel University City Main Campus to the west on Market Street. Turner Construction is the contractor for the project. The building designs take great measures to introduce natural light into the studio spaces. Green Globes certification is expected.
Completion date: Fall 2012
DREXEL SMART HOUSE
In early 2012, the University begins exterior renovation work on the late 19th century Powelton Village residence that will serve as the Drexel Smart House, a student-led, multidisciplinary project to construct an urban home to serve as a "living laboratory" for exploring cutting edge design and technology. Participants conduct research and develop designs in the areas of environment, energy, interaction, health, and lifestyle with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life in the urban residential setting. The renovations will ensure that students and researchers can occupy the house and continue their research. Visit the Drexel Smart House site for more information.
CONSTANTINE N. PAPADAKIS INTEGRATED SCIENCES BUILDING
33rd and Chestnut Streets
Drexel University opened the doors to the Constantine N. Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Pennsylvania's newest landmark for scientific research and the future of integrated science, on Sept. 20, 2011. The $69-million, 150,000-square-foot building located at the northeast corner of 33rd and Chestnut Streets serves as the new home of Drexel's biology department and includes North America's largest living biowall, the only such structure at a U.S. university. The biowall, a 75-ft. high wall of plants, serves as a biological air filter. The Integrated Sciences Building is expected to become Drexel's first building to achieve LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, and is also anticipated to receive at least a 3 Green Globes rating from the Green Building Initiative. The building project team included the architectural firm of Diamond and Schmitt Architects, Inc. of Toronto, Ontario, in association with H2L2 Architecture/Planning/Interior Design of Philadelphia and Construction Manager, Gilbane.
Completion date: September 2011
32nd Street and Powelton Avenue
Brownfield Redevelopment: The former Consolidated Laundry industrial site has been redeveloped into open green space serving as a recreational facility for both Drexel’s students and the Powelton community. Construction on the 2.5 acres, $500,000 project, began in Fall 2007 and was completed on September 30, 2008. The park includes more than 45 trees, walking paths, lighting, and benches.
34th Street and Powelton Avenue
115,000 gross square feet of new construction within a budget of $42 million. The project team comprised of architects EM Architecture with ARUP/AUG, and Construction Manager, Intech Construction. The 34th Street Residence Hall, is situated at the north end of the campus between Kelly Hall and Ross Commons. Low flow toilets and shower heads have been specified to reduce the use of water, daylight and views will provide the building occupants with a connection between indoor spaces and the outdoors. Communicating stairs are designed to encourage interactivity between floors and vertical travel. A green roof was installed to insulate the building, manage storm water and reduce the heat island effect on the roof.
Completion date: September 2009
33rd and Market Streets
84,000 gross square feet of new construction within a budget of $44 million. The project team comprised of architects Sasaki Associates in association with Ewing Cole Engineers, Pennoni Associates, and construction manager, Turner Construction. The Recreation Center is located along Market Street between 33rd and 34th Streets. The integral glass and metal panel façade together with light scopes on the roof allow significant day lighting into the space providing enough light to eliminate the use of electric lights during the day in 87% of interior occupied space. A rainwater reuse system manages storm water and reduces the amount of potable water used for flushing toilets.
Completion date: Fall 2010