Major Drexel Project Updates as of April/May 2017
Academic Building Renovation : Design is in progress for renovations to the ground and third floors of the Academic Building. 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.
Bossone Research Enterprise Center Renovations: Design is in progress for the renovation of an existing laboratory on the third floor to increase usability for chemically intensive work related to energy and energy storage.
Center for Automation Technology (CAT): Design work will begin in fall 2017 for environmental engineering laboratory facilities related to work in energy and the environment.
Fox Historic Costume Collection (URBN Center): The expansion of the Fox Historic Costume Collection is currently in the construction document phase. Atkin Olshin Schade is the architect for this project.
Intelligent Structures Laboratory (Alumni 073): Construction is in progress on a laboratory for testing and evaluating components of building structures in the Alumni Engineering Laboratories Building, Suite 073. This project involves installing new hydraulic equipment for research, a new conference room and a technical services area for researchers. The conference room will receive new heating and cooling, and dedicated cooling will be provided for the new hydraulic equipment. Substantial completion of this project is scheduled for the end of May 2017.
Korman Center/Korman Quad Enhancements: Construction is in progress for an addition to the existing Korman Center building that will add much needed student common space while updating the building's appearance. Work to date has focused on demolition, interior framing and installation of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Micropiles and grade beams to support the new addition have been poured. Steel for the addition is complete, and concrete will be poured for the first and second floor extensions in late April and early May. The glass curtainwall will be installed in June. Renovations to the renamed Korman Quad will integrate it with the existing Perelman Plaza to revitalize this core thoroughfare. In April and May, stormwater management systems will be installed. Rough grading will occur in June and July. Stonework will be installed in July and August, and finish materials will follow. The Korman projects, funded by a generous $8.0 million gift from the Hyman Korman Family Foundation with a University match, are expected to be complete in fall 2017. Korman Site Logistics Map [PDF]
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 anticipated in fall 2017.
Vidas Complex Buckley Field Hockey Field Replacement: The synthetic turf at the existing Buckley Field Hockey Field will be replaced beginning in early May continuing through the summer. The project will include additional irrigation, fencing and the new turf.
Westphal College of Media Arts & Design Music Industry Studios: This project involves the construction of a new state-of-the-art recording and production facility, located in the basement of One Drexel Plaza. The new suite will be divided into a large music production studio (Flagship Studio), smaller production suites and two Midi labs that will be relocated from the URBN Center. Each space will be outfitted with modern production and recording equipment and will host students for classes as well as personal project work. This project is expected to be complete in August 2017.
Third-Party Project Updates as of March/April 2017
Vue32 Childcare Mixed-Use/Residential Development (Radnor Property Group): Construction is underway on the development of Vue32, a new 16-story mixed-use residential and childcare development at 3201 Race Street. 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 involves the development of 12 owner-occupied townhomes totaling 13,200 square feet. 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.
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 and is in progress.
For a roundup and slideshow of renovation projects completed in 2016, check out this article in DrexelNow.
Visit the Drexel Master Plan blog for additional project updates and images from Vice President for University Facilities and Real Estate Bob Francis.