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Campus Projects

Drexel University was the first university in the country to commit to using Green Globes®, the Green Building Initiative's™ independent environmental impact monitoring system, comprehensively through university policy, for all new construction and existing campus buildings.

Korman Center

As part of the Korman Center expansion project, Drexel University is creating a classic campus green in the open space in front of and around the Korman Center, a popular student hangout known as the "Quad." Large canopy trees will be installed to frame a substantially larger "shade lawn" area with multiple seating opportunities. New walkways will connect the buildings fronting the Quad, making this area more user-friendly and appealing, as a gathering place for students, faculty, visitors and neighbors. The materials from the adjacent Perelman Plaza project will extend into the Korman Quad, unifying the overall "block" bounded by 33rd Street to the west, 32nd Street to the east, Market Street to the north and Chestnut Street to the south. These materials will include porous unit pavers, custom-designed granite walls and seating elements, and a rich palette of native plantings. Designed by Andropogon Associates, the new Quad is expected to be complete in fall 2017.

Perelman Plaza

With a $5 million gift from the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Education Foundation, Drexel transformed the pedestrian walkway and landscape along 32nd Street between Chestnut and Market streets. The public realm improvements transformed the plaza into a new hub in the center of campus. The project, designed by Andropogon Associates, included several sustainability improvements, including: approximately 60% more green space, 90% reduction in impervious surfaces from previous condition (combination of planting/lawn areas and porous paving), 692,000 gallons per year diverted from or slowly-released to the sewer helping to reduce combined sewer overflows within the watershed, 65 native trees vs. 41 trees previous (net addition of 24), and 19,427 native groundcover and shrubs.

LeBow Hall

32nd and Market Streets
On the site formerly occupied by Matheson Hall, the new home of the LeBow College of Business opened in September 2013. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Voith & Mactavish Architects and built by Keating Building Co., the 12-story, 177,500-square-foot building features a 5-story atrium to help introduce natural light into the interior spaces. The $92 million project also features an integrated green roof, high-efficiency mechanical equipment, low-flow plumbing fixtures and occupancy and daylight sensors to control artificial lighting. The University received a rating of 3 Green Globes for this building.


35th and Market Streets
The architectural firm MS&R adapted the 130,000 square-foot former Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) office building at 35th and Market Streets and the 13,000-square-foot former daycare center at 34th and Filbert Streets to be the new home of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Both properties are sited on over 3 acres of land immediately adjoining the University City Campus to the west on Market Street. Turner Construction was the contractor for the project. The building designs took great measures to introduce natural light into the studio spaces. The URBN Center received 3 Green Globes and the Annex received 2 Green Globes.

The University has completed exterior renovation work on the late 19th century Powelton Village residence that will serve as the Drexel Smart House, a student-led, multidisciplinary project to construct an urban home to serve as a "living laboratory" for exploring cutting edge design and technology. Participants conduct research and develop designs in the areas of environment, energy, interaction, health and lifestyle with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life in the urban residential setting.  Visit the Drexel Smart House site for more information.

33rd and Chestnut Streets
Drexel University opened the doors to the Constantine N. Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Pennsylvania's newest landmark for scientific research and the future of integrated science, on Sept. 20, 2011. The $69-million, 150,000-square-foot building located at the northeast corner of 33rd and Chestnut Streets serves as the new home of Drexel's biology department and includes North America's largest living biowall, the only such structure at a U.S. university. The biowall, a 75-ft. high wall of plants, serves as a biological air filter. The LEED Gold Integrated Sciences Building became Drexel's first building to achieve LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, and also received a 3 Green Globes rating from the Green Building Initiative. The building project team included the architectural firm of Diamond and Schmitt Architects, Inc. of Toronto, Ontario, in association with H2L2 Architecture/Planning/Interior Design of Philadelphia and Construction Manager, Gilbane.

32nd Street and Powelton Avenue
Brownfield Redevelopment: The former Consolidated Laundry industrial site has been redeveloped into open green space serving as a recreational facility for both Drexel’s students and the Powelton community. Construction on the 2.5 acres, $500,000 project, began in Fall 2007 and was completed on September 30, 2008. The park includes more than 45 trees, walking paths, lighting, and benches.

34th Street and Powelton Avenue
115,000 gross square feet of new construction within a budget of $42 million. The project team comprised of architects EM Architecture with ARUP/AUG, and Construction Manager, Intech Construction. The 34th Street Residence Hall, is situated at the north end of the campus between Kelly Hall and Ross Commons. Low flow toilets and shower heads have been specified to reduce the use of water, daylight and views will provide the building occupants with a connection between indoor spaces and the outdoors. Communicating stairs are designed to encourage interactivity between floors and vertical travel. A green roof was installed to insulate the building, manage storm water and reduce the heat island effect on the roof.

33rd and Market Streets
84,000 gross square feet of new construction within a budget of $44 million. The project team comprised of architects Sasaki Associates in association with Ewing Cole Engineers, Pennoni Associates, and construction manager, Turner Construction. The Recreation Center is located along Market Street between 33rd and 34th Streets. The integral glass and metal panel façade together with light scopes on the roof allow significant day lighting into the space providing enough light to eliminate the use of electric lights during the day in 87% of interior occupied space. A rainwater reuse system manages storm water and reduces the amount of potable water used for flushing toilets.