Major Drexel Project Updates as of January 2018
32nd and Market Street Intersections (former Firestone site): Construction mobilization to reconfigure the intersections around the former Firestone property is scheduled to begin in January. This work will improve pedestrian safety across Market Street and JFK Boulevard and provide a new, signalized crosswalk at Lancaster Walk. The vacation of the portion of Lancaster Avenue bordering the former Firestone site, and the University’s acquisition from the city of the vacated street and the adjacent landscaped triangle, are contingent on the completion of this work, which is expected in late summer 2018. During construction, the former Firestone property will be fenced off, the sidewalk will be closed on the north side of Market Street between 32nd Street and JFK Boulevard, and a portion of N. 32nd Street will be closed to vehicle traffic. Please use caution and expect delays when traveling through the area.
Academy of Natural Sciences Reading Room: Construction documents are complete for the renovation of the existing reading room and reconfiguration of space for a new reading room.
Armory (Lancaster Avenue Readiness Center): Demolition work is in progress for exterior restoration and improvements to the Armory building. This work will include masonry restoration, new roofing and restoration of all windows along 32nd and 33rd Streets, Lancaster Walk and the half-round windows along Cuthbert Street. Funded jointly by the state and by Drexel, this project is managed by Pennsylvania's Department of General Services and is expected to continue over the next several terms.
Bernhardt Memorial Courtyard at Thomas R. Kline School of Law: Construction began in July on the Bernhardt Memorial Courtyard, which will be located on Market Street between the Kline School of Law and Hagerty Library. Designed by Studio Bryan Hanes, the courtyard will provide an intimate outdoor space to study and socialize. Completion is expected this winter.
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. Construction is expected to commence in summer 2018.
Center for Automation Technology: Construction for environmental engineering laboratory facilities related to work in energy and the environment is scheduled for FY’19 (Phase 2) and FY’20 (Phase 3).
Goodwin College Renovation, Gerri C LeBow Hall: Renovations are complete on the third floor of Gerri C. LeBow Hall for the Goodwin College of Professional Studies, including new offices, a classroom and two conference rooms.
Korman Center/Korman Quad Enhancements: Construction of an addition to the existing Korman Center building and renovations to the Korman Quad are now complete, and the spaces are open for use. For details and photos of the completed projects, check out this DrexelNow article. Remedial work on the north, south and west facades of the Korman Center building will continue through spring 2018.
Thomas R. Kline Institute for Trial Advocacy at the Kline School of Law: Classes began in the newly renovated Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy at 1200 Chestnut Street on January 8. The renovation combines state-of-the-art academic spaces – including a ceremonial courtroom – with careful restoration and renewal of this historic 1916 structure.
Third-Party Project Updates as of January 2018
Summer 12 Townhomes (Radnor Property Group): Construction began in November on Radnor Property Group’s “Summer 12” – a dozen new owner-occupied townhomes along the 3200 block of Summer Street. The townhomes are expected to be complete in spring 2018.