Papadakis Building Named 'Philadelphia Project of the Year'
March 26, 2013 — Drexel’s Constantine N. Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB) was awarded the Philadelphia Project of the Year by the Pennsylvania chapter of the March of Dimes in March. Jim Tucker, senior vice president for Student Life and Administrative Services, accepted the award on behalf of Drexel at the March of Dimes’ 20th annual Transportation, Building and Construction Awards Luncheon.
“Since it opened in September 2011, the PISB has become one of the most iconic buildings on Drexel’s campus, rivaled only by the historic Main Building a block away,” said Tucker, who thanked Vice President for Facilities Bob Francis and his team for their work on the 130,000-square-foot research and academic building. Also present at the award ceremony were College of Arts and Sciences Dean Donna Murasko and Associate Dean Aleister Saunders, who helped design the building, as well as representatives from the architectural firm Diamond Schmitt and general contractor Turner Construction.
The Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building is certified LEED Gold and has earned accolades for its distinctive five-story biowall, which serves as both a sustainable design feature and a research tool for Drexel faculty and students.