Major Drexel Project Updates as of July 2018
32nd and Market Street Intersections (former Firestone site): Construction began in March to reconfigure the intersections around the former Firestone property. 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, most of which is expected in fall 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.
Armory (Lancaster Avenue Readiness Center): Work continues on 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 into the fall.
Bernhardt Memorial Courtyard at Thomas R. Kline School of Law: Construction is complete on the Bernhardt Memorial Courtyard, located on Market Street between the Kline School of Law and Hagerty Library. The courtyard provides an intimate outdoor space to study and socialize.
Bossone Research Enterprise Center Renovations: Construction is underway for the renovation of an existing laboratory on the third floor to increase usability for chemically intensive work related to energy and energy storage. The project is expected to be completed this winter.
Fox Historic Costume Collection: The expansion of the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection in the URBN Center is complete. The expansion includes the new Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection Gallery, much-needed collection archival storage, a new classroom built specifically for costume study, and complete HVAC upgrades. The first gallery exhibition in the new space is expected to be held in fall 2018.
Korman Center Facade: Remedial work on the north, south and west facades of the Korman Center building was completed in late May, and planted areas north and south of the building have been installed. A dedication ceremony was held in early June.
Queen Lane Gross Anatomy Lab: The Gross Anatomy Laboratory is composed of classrooms, dissection laboratories and an embalming room. The renovation project replaces the outdated furniture and equipment in the embalming room, and it also covers infrastructure upgrades, LED lighting, adequate HVAC, new flooring and pressure monitoring devices. The project is expected to be complete in August.
Third-Party Project Updates as of July 2018
Summer 12 Townhomes (Radnor Property Group): Construction is in progress 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 by fall 2018.
Wawa Store at 3330 Market Street: Construction is in progress on a new Wawa store location at the corner of 34th and Market streets, on the ground level of the General Services Building and Drexel Parking Garage. The store is expected to open in fall 2018.