Apr. 7, 2017
A hasty urban transformation
It is truly nice to see so many quality experiences come as a result of the many new buildings and site improvement initiatives on Drexel University’s campus.
Mar. 3, 2017
Korman: quad pro quo?
Everyone loves a stroll through Drexel University’s Quad — and the fact that it’s one of the few places to find green grass on campus. But what’s better than that is the quick access it provides among the academic buildings that make up the central hub of Drexel’s campus.
Feb. 24, 2017
Sometimes the things we love disappear without any warning. In the blink of an eye.
May. 20, 2016
Drexel’s Public Realm Plan
As most people who attend Drexel University have probably noticed, the campus is perpetually under construction. For students graduating in 2016, the campus looks very different now than it did when they first arrived four or five years ago. For many alumni, even those that graduated recently, the campus is barely recognizable. Drexel is in the midst of a period of very large changes to the campus and the area surrounding it.
May. 13, 2016
Ground breaks for new residence and childcare center, developer announced
Radnor Property Group and Drexel University broke ground May 11 on Vue32, a 16-story residential building that will also contain the campus’s first childcare facility and a community plaza. Located at 3201 Race Street, the project will ultimately consist of one multi-purpose tower and three townhouse condominium buildings for a total of more than 175,000 square feet.
May. 13, 2016
Aug. 6, 2015
College of Engineering renovates 3101 Market for laboratory space
For the past three years, Drexel University College of Engineering, led by Dean Joseph Hughes, has been working on plans to repurpose 3101 Market Street. The building is undergoing renovations that will create new engineering lab spaces among other usages. The roughly 60,000 square-foot area was previously the main office for the Philadelphia Parking Authority until their relocation in 2013. When the building was vacated, it was purchased by Drexel University and converted into cubicle and office spaces.
Apr. 24, 2015
16 story apartment building to begin construction in Powelton Village Winter 2015
Photo Credit: Erdy McHenry Architecture On the northern corner of campus, Drexel University is planning the reconstruction of the parking lot currently laying at 3201 Race Street. Construction will begin between late 2015 and early 2016 for a class-A apartment building for Drexel faculty, graduates, young professionals and other members of the community, designed by the Erdy McHenry Architecture firm. At 178,000 square-feet and 16 floors, the blueprints for the building show the apartments rising above a mixed-use platform. A parking section for the facility housing 26 spaces, 61 bike spots, in addition to two car share spaces will sit underground. The second and third floors will be designated as a daycare facility. The daycare is a part of Drexel’s master plan for campus renovations in order to further accommodate students with families. The Hildbrandt Company will provide childcare for children of Drexel staff, as well as other children in the community. The rest of the building will be apartments, 75 percent of the 164 apartments being one bedroom apartments. The other 25 percent will be two-bedroom apartments, with both options being an opportune living situation for future staff members, who would like to stay close to campus, and young graduates and professionals, who are just starting out. Other building amenities will include a fitness center, game room, a communal kitchen, a library and rooftop deck with a view of the city. The entire building is being oriented at an angle that will allow for wide range of view of the Philadelphia skyline. The project is being led by Radnor Property Group, who is also leading a similar construction project at 3737 Chestnut St. While the building will be built on Drexel-owned property, the funding for the project will be provided by Radnor Property Group. David Yeager, president of Radnor Property Group, said, “It’s an exciting piece of architecture and an exciting parcel of property adjacent to an innovative neighborhood.” Radnor Property Group plans to break ground during winter of 2015. Construction should last until spring of 2017.
Aug. 22, 2014
Innovation neighborhood comes with a cost
There’s been a lot of talk recently about Drexel spearheading an “Innovation Neighborhood;” that is, a large real estate development dedicated to research and incubating revolutionary startups and other technobabble. It was all somewhat up in the air until very recently, when Drexel launched a new website and issued a Request for Proposals for a developer to partner with them to develop this new neighborhood.
Jun. 6, 2014
Looking back on our campus’s progress so far
As we come to the end of another academic year, we can’t help but look back at how much our campus has transformed with the completion of two major projects, Gerri C. LeBow Hall and Chestnut Square, and what’s still ahead.