Develop the Nation's Most Dynamic Transportation Hub-Based University District: Progress
July 1, 2013 Update
The fast-paced progress on major Campus Master Plan projects is supporting the creation of an Innovation Neighborhood, Drexel’s vision for development and campus growth built around the University’s success in translational research.
The URBN Center at 3501 Market Street and 3401 Filbert Street is now open and occupied by the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. From the exterior, designed by Philadelphia legend Robert Venturi, to an interior that’s been re-imagined to reflect the collaborative and creative work being done by Westphal students and faculties, the URBN Center is one of Philadelphia’s most exciting new academic spaces.
Geri C. LeBow Hall
The new LeBow College of Business flagship building, which will be Drexel’s largest academic center, is on schedule for opening in Fall 2013.
Built through a forward-thinking partnership with American Campus Communities, Chestnut Square will transform the southern edge of campus with new residential and retail space, continuing the University’s efforts to draw the residential heart of campus away from the family-oriented neighborhoods of Powelton Village and Mantua.
Stratton and Nesbitt Renovations
Major renovations in Stratton Hall are underway to consolidate the Psychology Department by the fall. Abatement is complete and a contract has been awarded for renovations to Nesbitt Hall for the School of Public Health; the first phase of that project will also be completed by the fall.
The first step in kicking off the innovation corridor along Market Street is the ExCITe Center, 12,300 square feet of space opened last fall to encourage innovation at the intersection of STEM disciplines and the arts. It houses the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab and the Center for Visual and Decision Informatics, and serves as a hub for enabling teams of faculty, students and entrepreneurs to pursue highly multi-disciplinary collaborative projects.
In February, Drexel completed the purchase of 3509-13 Spring Garden Street, the site of the newly established Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, made possible by a $10 million gift from Dana and David Dornsife. Strategically located on the border between Powelton Village and Mantua, the 1.3-acre site consists of three buildings that will be renovated to house the University’s neighborhood outreach programs. An architect has been chosen for the renovations, and the University is in the process of obtaining New Market and Historic Tax Credits to fund the project. Programming began in late February with free tax preparation services offered by Drexel students. This is an important step in raising Drexel to the level of the most civically engaged university in America.