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Drexel Project Updates as of November 2022

Building Energy Performance:  In keeping with both the University’s goal of reducing energy and citywide mandates on energy reduction, the University is undertaking inspections and repairs on buildings scheduled for submission by September 2023. Current work pertains to the Creese Student Center, Disque Hall, Korman Center, MacAlister Hall, Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Stratton Hall and W.W. Hagerty Library. Documentation has been completed and submitted to the city for review and approval for Main Building, Randell Hall, Curtis Hall, 3201 Arch Street, Daskalakis Athletic Center, Recreation Center, Bossone Research Center, LeBow Engineering Center and Center for Automation Technology.

Daskalakis Athletic Center Video Scoreboard and LED Lighting: This project improving the basketball arena – including the fabrication and installation of a center court video scoreboard, indoor sound system, various smaller LED video boards, LED lighting, and larger audio/visual production studio – was completed in late October 2022, in time for the opening of the women’s and men’s basketball seasons.

Façade Renovations: In keeping with both the University’s goal of maintaining its buildings and citywide mandates for façade repairs, the University is undertaking repairs on Main Building and Curtis Hall. Masonry work will be complete, and the scaffolding will be removed, this winter; painting and restoration of the Main Building Auditorium’s wood windows will occur in spring 2023.

HVAC Replacements:The Main Building cooling tower construction is scheduled to begin in mid-November and be completed by end of December 2022. Ross Commons is currently undergoing HVAC upgrades to replace air handling units and heat exchangers that have reached the end of their useful life. The Disque Hall Lab 513 renovation construction is scheduled to completed in December 2022. Disque Hall helium recovery system engineering design is currently in progress and tentatively due to be completed by the end December 2022.

Kelly Hall Renovation and Expansion: Construction is ongoing for the renovation and expansion of Kelly Hall, addressing the needs of the building and modernizing it throughout to provide an improved living experience, with occupancy in fall 2023. The renovation includes an addition to provide flexible open space, which will be used to create a cohesive living-learning community and a stronger physical presence for the occupants of the building along Spangler Walk. Renovation of the tower is currently underway; at the addition, foundations have been poured and steel erection is in progress.

Third-Party Project Updates as of November 2022

Drexel University Health Sciences Building (Wexford Science & Technology): Substantial completion of the new, state-of-the-art Health Sciences Building was achieved early this summer. The College of Nursing and Health Professions, which occupies roughly three-fifths of the building, moved into the building in time for fall classes to begin. Equipment installation is ongoing, and various academic and administrative functions of the College of Medicine are scheduled to relocate to the remainder of the building in 2023. The building totals about 460,000 rentable square feet, within which Drexel has a nearly 30-year lease.

3201 Cuthbert Street (Gattuso Development Partners):A joint venture development group led by Gattuso Development will redevelop the current site of Buckley Recreation Field as a 509,000 GSF mixed-use, 11-story building primarily outfitted for life sciences and research and development. Cambridge-based Smart Labs, one of the leading lab management firms in the United States, has signed a lease for 117,000 SF of the building. Drexel will have both a ground-floor presence and exclusive use of the penthouse 11th floor, occupying around 60,000 SF total to house core research and business outreach operations, as well as much-needed laboratory and office space for appropriate components in the College of Engineering and School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. Gattuso Development has finalized its financing of the project and will be closing on the ground lease in late November. Construction is expected to commence shortly after closing.

Spark Therapeutics Development at F Lot: Spark Therapeutics will invest an initial $575 million in the creation of a new, state-of-the-art gene therapy innovation center on Drexel University’s campus through a 99-year ground lease of Drexel’s F Lot. The anticipated 600,000-square-foot, multi-story building will serve as a Roche global center of excellence for gene therapy manufacturing and will create opportunities for collaboration with Drexel and Philadelphia’s booming life sciences community. Spark assumed control of the site in early September, secured necessary zoning variances in October, and is in the process of receiving final building permits. Construction is expected to commence in December.

Schuylkill Yards (Brandywine Realty Trust): Brandywine is nearing substantial completion of current renovations in the Bulletin Building, with the main lobby currently under renovation. Brandywine is renovating the Market Street-facing retail space for a food hall, with an anticipated occupancy date of spring 2023. Construction continues on SEPTA’s Headhouse adjacent to Drexel Square, with completion anticipated in late 2023.

Construction of Brandywine’s 570,000-square-foot, mixed-use building, dubbed The West Tower at Schuylkill Yards, is on schedule and on budget, with completion anticipated in October 2023. The building will add a mix of residential rental units, life science and innovation office space, retail, and indoor/outdoor amenity spaces. The superstructure for the lower commercial/lab section is complete. Construction of the superstructure for the upper high-rise residential is nearing completion.

Demolition of the existing garage and bank building at 3151 Market Street is underway for the development of a new stand-alone lab building that will accommodate approximately 450,000 SF of lab and lab-support spaces. Construction is anticipated to be complete in the summer of 2024. Brandywine is actively negotiating with a significant lead tenant from the bio-science field. Drexel is also exploring the possibility of leasing space in the building to accommodate various physical science laboratories.