Major Drexel Project Updates as of May 2019
Armory (Lancaster Avenue Readiness Center): Pennsylvania's Department of General Services has completed the exterior improvements to the Armory, which included masonry restoration, window and roof replacement. Interior renovations and minor punch list items are continuing.
Bentley Residence Hall Renovation and Expansion: With the help of a $5 million gift from Greg S. Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems, and his wife Caroline, the University is renovating and expanding Bentley Hall (formerly Calhoun Hall), with American Campus Communities serving as the developer. The renovation, currently underway, will address the needs of the building envelope and modernize the building throughout to provide an improved living experience with occupancy in fall 2019. The renovation will also include an approximately 11,500 square foot, two-story addition to provide critical space to relocate the Pennoni Honors College into the heart of the campus, building a cohesive living-learning community and a stronger physical identity, anticipated to be completed in spring 2020.
Bossone Research Enterprise Center: Construction is substantially complete for the renovation of an existing laboratory on the third floor to increase usability for chemically intensive work related to energy and energy storage. Construction commenced in January to upgrade the chiller plant to optimize the chilled water and ice plant cooling systems and reduce equipment vibration harmonics. Substantial completion will be early spring 2019.
Buckley Bubble: Construction is underway for a seasonal air-supported structure over Buckley Recreational Field. This project will allow year-round use of the field by providing an environmentally controlled environment during the colder months. First inflation of the "bubble" is expected in late fall 2019.
Center for Automation Technology (CAT) Renovations: Construction has begun for approximately 5,685 square feet of wet research laboratories and technical support spaces for the College of Engineering in the CAT. The renovations include two new wet research laboratories on the first floor for Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, one on the second floor for Materials Engineering, and two on the third floor for Chemical and Biological Engineering. Substantial completion is expected in winter 2020.
College of Computing and Informatics at 3675 Market Street: Renovations of the 10th and 11th floors were completed and were ready for students by the beginning of the spring term. Renovations of Drexel's leased space on the 9th floor will be completed before the start of the fall 2019 term.
Fabric Discovery Center at 3101R Market Street: In collaboration with Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, Drexel is establishing a statewide "Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center" in renovated space at 3101R Market Street, in the heart of Schuylkill Yards and adjacent to recently created spaces for the University's engineering programs. Construction is complete, and equipment installation has begun.
Main Building Improvements: Ongoing work over the next several years will help ensure this National Register building continues to serve the University in the years to come. Beginning this summer, the roof and skylights will be replaced. In preparation for this work, protective netting has been suspended across the ceiling of the Great Court, and repair work has been advanced to forestall any further water infiltration at the main skylight location.
Queen Lane HVAC Upgrades: Existing rooftop air handling units are being replaced with new custom rooftop air handling units serving the vivarium space, including new building automation controls for enhanced temperature and humidity control. Existing HVAC components in the cage wash and vivarium areas are being upgraded for more accurate pressurization control. Substantial completion is expected in early summer 2019.
School of Education in 3401 Market Street: Planning is underway for the consolidation of the School of Education in 3401 Market Street, with move-in expected in spring 2019.
URBN Center Mechanical Systems Upgrade: Construction commenced in January to upgrade the HVAC system for the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, addressing the shortage of cooling capacity in the existing system. Substantial completion is expected in early summer 2019.
Third-Party Project Updates as of May 2019
Arlen Specter US Squash Center (US Squash): Design is in progress to convert the Armory into a national center for US Squash. The project involves renovation of the interior of the Armory, creating 20 courts, athletic training facilities, audience amenities as well as spaces for community use. Interior construction is planned to commence in the spring and be substantially complete in early fall 2020 to host the US Open Squash Tournament. Click here for more details.
College of Medicine Location at Tower Health (developer: Equus Capital Partners): Tower Health will construct a 200,000-square-foot building for a four-year Drexel University College of Medicine location at Tower Health in West Reading. Tower Health will partner with Equus Capital Partners, Ltd. to build the new campus on Parcel 9 of The Knitting Mills redevelopment, which was formally known as The VF Outlets. The site, which is 0.6 miles from Reading Hospital and was selected in part for its proximity to the hospital, is targeted to be operational for the 2021-22 academic year. SLAM Collective was selected as the architect for this project, programming is complete, and schematic design is underway.
Drexel Square (Brandywine Realty Trust): The completion of this first project in the Schuylkill Yards development will occur in spring 2019, with the opening of Drexel Square in June 2019.