CONSTANTINE N. PAPADAKIS INTEGRATED SCIENCES BUILDING
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.