Landscape: Armory Perimeter

The Master Plan for Drexel University from 2012 to the Sesquicentennial in 2041, Drexel@150, will propose improvements to the landscape to further the goals of optimizing the use of real estate resources, creating a unique identity for the campus, connecting Drexel to the communities around the campus, and achieving these goals sustainably.  Landscape improvements will be implemented at the important intersections and along the connecting paths of as many planning features as possible, combining street presence with high pedestrian traffic.

Drexel University enjoys a long-term lease agreement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for use of the Armory Drill Hall, which is heavily scheduled for student open recreation and intramural sports.  Another part of the Armory known as the Triangle is still an active military facility, home to a long-serving unit of the Pennsylvania National Guard.   Therefore perimeter security must meet appropriate standards for
military facilities.  The Armory is nestled in the heart of the campus, spanning from 32nd to 33rd Streets just north of Market Street and flanking Lancaster Walk.  The facility is currently protected on the 32nd and 33rd Street sides by “Jersey curbs:”

The visual experience along 32nd Street
is marred by the curbs protecting the Armory.
The landscape would benefit immeasureably by the replacement of these
barriers with an attractively designed system of perimeter security such as has
been installed around the old Post Office building now housing IRS
offices.

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