Breaking Ground on Drexel's Sustainability Efforts

By Amy Weaver
Photos by Imani Nia Rutledge

January 28, 2010 — On Tuesday, November 17, 2009, Dean Murasko joined with President Pennoni and the Papadakis family to break ground on the Constantine Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, which will be located at the corner of 33rd and Chestnut Streets.

PISB Groundbreaking

As Drexel’s first Leed Silver certified building, this state-of-the-art structure will aptly carry the name of Drexel's late President Papadakis, a champion of technological innovation and sustainability. Upon its completion, the building will become the new home of the Department of Biology and will house their teaching labs, as well as those for organic chemistry and the School of Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences. The first floor will feature a 250-person auditorium, as well as lecture halls. The most notable feature of the building is the four-story Bio-Wall, which will serve as the centerpiece of the atrium. It will be the first of its kind in a U.S. university.

Photos from the groundbreaking are below. To view more photos of the construction process, visit the biology department news site.

Click on the images below for a larger size.

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Imani Nia Rutledge graduated in June of 2011 with a M.P.H. in Public Health, concentrating on Community Health and Prevention.