Major Drexel Project Updates as of January 2017*
3101 Market Street: Construction is substantially complete for Phase 2 of this project, comprising offices for the AJ Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment, a social sciences lab and a geographic information systems lab.
Bossone Research Enterprise Center Renovations: Construction is substantially complete for repurposing the sixth floor for bio-medical engineering, and occupancy moves began the first week of January 2017.
Center for Automation Technology (CAT): Infrastructure improvements needed to support new wet research laboratories for the Department of Chemistry, as well as the environmental engineering component of the AJ Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment laboratories, are in progress. Substantial completion of Phase 1 – the basement demolition and construction of the floor with associated infrastructure – was achieved in December 2016.
Fox Historic Costume Collection (URBN Center): The expansion of the Fox Historic Costume Collection is currently in the design development phase. Atkin Olshin Schade is the architect for this project, made possible by a generous gift from Penny and Robert Fox.
Korman Center/Korman Quad Enhancements: Gluckman Tang is 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 $8.0 million gift from the Hyman Korman Family Foundation with a University match, is expected to be complete in fall 2017. The front entrance to the building is currently closed as construction moves into full swing on the addition. Korman Site Logistics Map [PDF]
Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research Building (PPSRB) Renovation : Design is in progress for renovations to the ground and third floors of PPSRB. 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.
Public Realm Plan: Urban design and landscape architecture firm West 8 has published the final draft of the plan, incorporating feedback from the University community.
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 late summer or early fall 2017.
Third-Party Project Updates as of January 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.
The Study Hotel at University City (Hospitality 3): Construction is substantially complete, and Hospitality 3's 212-room boutique hotel has opened at 33rd and Chestnut streets.
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.