Buildings: Drexel Arena at the Armory – Updated August 31, 2011

Updated: August 31, 2011.  A very effective first step toward approving the appearance of the Armory would be to replace the “Jersey curbs” with a less obtrusive means of providing the security barrier required for military installations, since the Armory is home to an active unit of the Pennsylvania National Guard:

Replacing the concrete barriers with less massive bollards is part of the “less is more” campaign.

Original Post: April 6, 2011.  The Master Plan for Drexel University from 2012 to the Sesquicentennial in 2041, Drexel@150, will focus on existing buildings to further four goals: optimize the use of real estate resources, create a unique identity for the campus, connect Drexel to the communities around the campus, and achieve these goals sustainably.

The 2007 Master Plan enumerated eleven specific projects, one of which was titled “Drexel Arena at the Armory.”  Along with the Main Building, the recently-acquired Armory is an icon.  The Armory’s storied past includes hosting the longest continuously-serving military unit in the country, and is included among buildings featured in the National Register of Historic Places:

The Armory

A study was completed in 2009 determining the feasibility and cost of converting the structure to accommodate a 4,000 seat arena.  The $80 million pricetag led to an investigation of other options for building a less expensive arena.  The Armory is now used intensively for open recreation and student events.  The Armory is location number 6 on the following diagram:

The Armory is Location Number 6

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