Major Drexel Project Updates as of June/July 2017
Academic Building Renovation : Construction is well underway on the ground floor of the Academic Building creating 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, Spiritual and Religious Life and the LGBTQA Student Center. The project is on track for completion in fall 2017.
Bernhardt Memorial Courtyard at Thomas R. Kline School of Law: Construction will being 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 in October 2017.
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.
Buckley Field Hockey Field Replacement (Vidas Athletic Complex): The synthetic turf at the existing Buckley Field Hockey Field is being replaced during summer 2017, with additional irrigation, fencing and the new turf.
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 design and documentation for the expansion of the Fox Historic Costume Collection is complete. Project construction start is planned for fall 2017.
Intelligent Structures Laboratory (Alumni 073): Construction is complete on a laboratory for testing and evaluating components of building structures in the Alumni Engineering Laboratories Building, Suite 073. Additional laboratory equipment will be delivered and installed in the coming months.
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. The glass curtain wall has been installed and work is progressing on the interior finishes. Renovations to the renamed Korman Quad will integrate it with the existing Perelman Plaza to revitalize this core thoroughfare. 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.
Westphal College of Media Arts & Design Music Industry Studios: Construction is in progress for the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design’s Music Industry Studios project, which will create a new state-of-the-art recording and production facility, music classrooms, audio archives and student and faculty spaces, located on the garden level of One Drexel Plaza. This project is on track for completion in fall 2017.
Third-Party Project Updates as of May/June 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.