Major Drexel Project Updates as of September 2018
32nd and Market Street Intersections (former Firestone site): This work will improve pedestrian safety across Market Street and JFK Boulevard and provide a new, signalized crosswalk at Lancaster Walk. The vacation of the portion of Lancaster Avenue bordering the former Firestone site, and the University’s acquisition from the city of the vacated street and the adjacent landscaped triangle, are contingent on the completion of Drexel's work, which is expected in fall 2018. A second phase of work at JFK Boulevard is planned for completion by PennDOT at a later date.
Armory (Lancaster Avenue Readiness Center): Work continues on exterior restoration and improvements to the Armory building,including masonry restoration, new roofing, and restoration of all windows along 32nd and 33rd Streets, Lancaster Walk, and the half-round windows along Cuthbert Street. Funded jointly by the state and by Drexel, this project is managed by Pennsylvania's Department of General Services and will continue into the fall.
Bossone Research Enterprise Center Renovations: Construction is underway for the renovation of an existing laboratory on the third floor to increase usability for chemically intensive work related to energy and energy storage. The project is expected to be completed this winter.
Fabric Discovery Center at 3101R Market Street: Drexel University, in collaboration with Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, is establishing a statewide "Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center" that will help companies, entrepreneurs and innovators take their advanced-textile concepts from prototype to product and prepare America's workforce for the quality jobs this growing sector is generating. The Center will be located in renovated space at 3101 Market Street, in the heart of Schuylkill Yards and adjacent to recently created spaces for the University's Engineering programs. Construction on this project is now underway. The space is expected to be ready for equipment in March 2019.
Fox Historic Costume Collection: The expansion of the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection in the URBN Center is complete. The expansion includes the new Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection Gallery, much-needed collection archival storage, a new classroom built specifically for costume study, and complete HVAC upgrades. The first gallery exhibition in the new space is opening September 27.
Queen Lane Gross Anatomy Lab: The Gross Anatomy Laboratory is composed of classrooms, dissection laboratories and an embalming room. The lab was recently renovated with new furniture and equipment in the embalming room, infrastructure upgrades, LED lighting, adequate HVAC, new flooring and pressure monitoring devices.
Third-Party Project Updates as of September 2018
Summer 12 Townhomes (Radnor Property Group): Construction is in progress on Radnor Property Group’s “Summer 12” – a dozen new owner-occupied townhomes along the 3200 block of Summer Street. The townhomes are expected to be complete in phases in October and November 2018.
Wawa Store at 3330 Market Street: Construction is in progress on a new Wawa store location at the corner of 34th and Market streets, on the ground level of the General Services Building and Drexel Parking Garage. The store is hosting a grand opening on Sept. 21.