Distinguish Drexel’s Campus
as a Vibrant Urban
Drexel's urban setting offers an opportunity to work in partnership with surrounding neighborhoods to create a 21st-century district marked by livability, amenity, and accessibility. This urban campus district will offer members of all its communities the competitive advantages of a diverse, walkable environment with multiple choices for living, working, learning, and playing close to each other and convenient transit access to the region and beyond. From 30th to 36th Streets, from Chestnut to Powelton Avenue, streets and blocks should clearly express the district's unique character, the benefits of Drexel's presence, and the economic and qualify-of-life advantages of a vital university / neighborhood partnership.
Drexel's campus core emphasizes portals to academic growth, while its edges offer varied portals to the neighborhoods and beyond.
Preserve, intensify, and overlap college Precincts with collaborative Programs.
Each of the three academic precincts contains a cluster of colleges and departments with strong collaborative relationships.
Emphasize close relationships and short
travel times between related programs to
encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Focus the greatest intensity of activity mix and building scale
within a convenient walk of 30th Street Station on Market,
Chestnut and 30th Streets and JFK Boulevard.
Convey a strong, consistent physical
Lining streets and sidewalks with interesting
activities within transparent building facades and complementing
these with attractive, well-designed sidewalks will build a
consistent feel for the campus and make walking more appealing.
Connect people to destinations through
Most of campus lies within a convenient
5-minute walk of one or more transit stations.
Encourage Private Development and
Student residence, retail, and commercial
development can help fund Drexel's academic mission.
Concentrate undergraduate teaching
in the heart of campus, surrounded by
professional programs and research.
Undergraduate academic units should be within an easy walk
of the campus core and close to student housing.
Build a larger, more active University
Introducing new housing and
neighborhood-oriented retail choices on sites like the Hess Engineering
Research Laboratories at 34th Street and Lancaster Avenue would
enhance quality of life in Powelton Village and Mantua, while helping
attract top faculty, staff, and students to Drexel.