Major Project Updates as of July 2015
Graduate College Offices: Renovations on the third floor of the Main Building to accommodate the newly established Drexel Graduate College will be complete in fall 2015.
The Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center: A new, two-story 17,000 square foot space addition doubling the size of the clinic — made possible by generous support from Stephen and Sandra Sheller — officially opened June 29. Renovations to the existing building will be mostly complete in late October.
University Crossings Renovations: Complete renovations of the living spaces are underway, with an early September completion expected for American Campus Communities’ student living areas. Meanwhile, the new leased space on the third and fourth floors for graduate student offices is being built out for occupancy in the fall.
Vidas Athletic Complex Turf Field Replacement: The replacement of Vidas Turf Field (serving the men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse teams) is underway and will be completed for the fall.
3101 Market Street Renovations: 3101 Market Street is being renovated for the relocation of engineering laboratories and expansion of the College of Engineering’s research capacities. Construction is currently in progress on the Innovation Studio, comprising the machine shop (relocated from Hess Laboratories), the freshman laboratories and multi-disciplinary maker space. Completion is expected in September. Meanwhile, designs have been completed for offices for the AJ Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment, a social sciences lab and a geographic information systems lab. The final component of this project will be relocating electrical and computer engineering laboratories from the third floor of Bossone Research Enterprise Center.
Bossone Research Enterprise Center Renovations: Construction is in progress for the first floor expansion of the Core Research Facilities for materials characterization, and for new laboratories for electrochemistry and thin-layer materials fabrication. The new labs are expected to be fit for use early this fall.
Renovations to Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research Building (PPSRB) and the Center for Automation Technology (CAT)/LeBow Engineering Center: Six new classrooms and instructional laboratories being built on the second floor of PPSRB are expected to be open in September 2015. The new classrooms will free up space in CAT/LeBow for the construction of wet research laboratories for the departments of chemistry and physics, as well as the environmental engineering component of the Institute for Energy and the Environment. As part of these reconfigurations, 100 graduate students will be moved from the third floor of PPSRB to office space in University Crossings during the upcoming Fall Term.
3401 Market Street (CASTL, DragonsTEACH and College of Arts & Sciences: Drexel has entered into a new lease at 3401 Market for approximately 7,400 rentable square feet to house two grant-funded initiatives, DragonsTeach and the Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning (CASTL), as well as space for components of the criminology and justice studies programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. The space is expected to be able to be occupied in mid-October.
Daskalakis Athletic Center (DAC): Construction has begun on Phase 4 of the ongoing renovation of the DAC, including new north-end seating and improved concessions. Completion is expected in October.
3 Parkway (College of Nursing and Health Professions): The college has moved into the third phase of the 3 Parkway Building, and the fourth and final phase is expected to be complete in November. The faculty and administrative personnel for Doctoral Nursing and Nutrition Sciences will occupy the building in the final phase of the third floor renovations.
1427 Vine Street: Renovation of the north and west facades has begun, with completion expected in late September. Construction will begin in early Fiscal Year 2016 for the complete renovation of the fifth floor to accommodate the relocation of the College of Medicine’s Women’s Care Center from the seventh floor. Occupancy is anticipated in mid-2016.
Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life: Abatement and demolition of the existing building at 118 N. 34th Street are complete. Stanley Saitowitz of Natoma Architects is the principal designer for the project, of which the design is in the final phases. The project should be mostly complete in September 2016.
Thomas R. Kline Institute for Trial Advocacy at the Kline School of Law: Ann Beha Architects is the designer for the renovation of 1200 Chestnut Street for the Thomas R. Kline Institute for Trial Advocacy, made possible by a generous gift from Thomas R. Kline. The project is currently in design and is expected to open for fall 2016.
Korman Center/Korman Quad Enhancements: Gluckman Mayner was selected as the architect for an addition to the existing Korman Center building that will add much-needed student common space while updating the building’s appearance to align more closely with the quality of the newer buildings on the Quad. Renovations to the Quad, to be named the "Korman Quadrangle," will integrate it with the existing Perelman Plaza to revitalize this core thoroughfare. The project, funded by a generous gift from the Korman family with a University match, is expected to be complete in fall 2017.
University City High School Site (Drexel-Wexford Science & Technology Joint Venture): Remediation of hazardous materials and demolition of the buildings are in progress. Two of the three buildings are down and demolition of the remaining University City High School structure is expected to be complete in fall.
The Summit at University City (American Campus Communities): American Campus Communities’ 580,000 square foot student housing, dining and retail complex on the southwest corner of 34th Street and Lancaster Avenue, as well as The Urban Eatery dining facility, are on schedule to open in September.
The Study Hotel at University City (Hospitality 3): Construction is now in progress at 33rd and Chestnut Streets for Hospitality 3’s 212-room boutique hotel. The hotel is on schedule to open in fall 2016.