Current Issues: Squash Court Renovations – Updated March 12, 2013

Updated: March 12, 2013. A year after being built, Drexel’s Kline & Specter Squash Center has made quite a hit.  The two courts in the Recreation Center have been supplemented by a five-court suite in the Daskalakis Athletic Center:

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A sleek glass sign at 33rd and Market Streets shows that the Daskalakis Athletic Center is home to the Kline & Specter Squash Center:


Updated: December 29, 2011.  Drexel added two competition squash courts to its inventory with the construction of the Recreation Center.  In connection with the elevation of Squash to a varsity sport, Drexel is converting six older courts in the Daskalakis Athletic Center into a five-court complex, the Kline & Specter Squash Center:

The courts will be ready for match play the second week in January.  The design is by Friday Architects, construction by the Gilbane Building Company, the courts provided by Anderson Courts.


V. 2012 – 2017 Master Plan Current Issues: 1. URBN Center – Updated 3.12.2013

Updated: March 12, 2013. A larger-than-life digital screen hangs in the URBN Center’s lobby:


Some studios and classroom spaces overlook a bright atrium:


Among exposed beams, concrete and glass, student work brings warmth and color to the hallways:


Updated: August 16, 2012.  The 4th floor Architecture studio has received its furniture:

Graphic Design Studio 402 is ready for students:

Updated: August 1, 2012.  The beat quickens as we approach opening day.  In this image, the skylight is so luminous that the lens does not adjust well to show details of the mezannines:

Looking down, the light on the atrium features is nearly irridescent:

Here’s a view of the 180′-long architecture studio on the fourth floor:

Updated: June 18, 2012.  The effect the skylight will have on the interior is beginning to emerge:

Updated: April 27, 2012.  The iconic south elevation of 3501 Market Street will be preserved as originally designed, but the laconic north elevation is getting an extreme makeover to let that good north light into the studios:

Updated: March 23, 2012.  Following please find the latest of a series of photographs taken from the same approximate point on the fourth floor:

Including the sliver of steel beam visible in the upper-left corner of the image, which is level 4A, it is possible to count all seven levels in the building.  Bracing steel in the center of the image will be removed starting next week.

Updated: March 15, 2012.  The complexity of the interior arrangement is becoming clear, as the steel for the mezzanine levels, including the 4th floor, is in place, with decking laid on mezzanine floors 1A and 2A:

The photograph is hard to read because the original steel is still bracing the structure where the floors have been cut out.  That steel will be removed once the mezzanines are complete.

3401 Filbert Street is scheduled for completion in December 2012.

Substantial completion of 3501 Market Street is scheduled for September 1, 2012.