Today, we recognize the building at 3175 JFK Boulevard as Drexel’s University Crossings, which opened its doors as a dormitory in 2002. Long before it housed students, though, the edifice (built in 1927) was known as the Pennsylvania Railroad Office Building and provided additional workspace to the Pennsylvania Railroad’s existing headquarters above the former Broad Street Station. The Neoclassical building was designed by the same architects that later planned 30th Street Station (built 1927-1933), Graham, Anderson, Probst & White. In 2003, the Pennsylvania Railroad Office Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Photo source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2b/PA_Railroad_Office_Building%2C_Philadelphia_01.JPG
Photo credit: Emily Mitnick
Photo credit: Emily Mitnick
Updated 03.19.14: The replacement of the existing 900-ton Korman Center cooling tower and installation of two new 750-ton cooling towers is Phase I of a multiple phase project to upgrade the chilled water plant serving the Drexel quad, which consists of the Korman Center, Gerri C. LeBow Hall, Disque Hall, and Stratton Hall. The cooling tower and existing chillers in the Korman Center will be connected to the Papadakis ISB to integrate the systems and allow for backup to the quad if one of the existing chillers is down in either the Korman Center or Papadakis ISB. The project is scheduled for completion this spring.
Take a look at some of the project photos below:
Beginning of construction:
Recent construction photos:
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Want to find out more about the plans for Drexel’s Center for
Jewish Life? Look no further; check out the link below!
Center for Jewish Life
If you’re curious about a plan for energy use on campus, take a look at the progress report below:
Drexel Energy Plan
The following report consists initial concepts for facade lighting on the Main and Peck Buildings. Take a look below:
Peck and Main Facade Lighting Mockup Report
If you’re interested in learning about the recommended repairs and physical restoration process for the Armory, take a look at the link below.
If you’re curious about the status of master plan projects, look no further! Below you will find a link to “State of the Campus,” a presentation delivered yesterday by VP of Facilities, Bob Francis. Please note that slides with grey header text represent projects that will carry over from 2012-2017 into the next phase of planning (2014-2019) or begin during the 2014-2019 phase.
State of the Campus
As Drexel undergoes the implementation of its 2012-2017 Campus Master Plan, it looks ahead through 2019. The link below features “Transform 2014-2019,” a collection of initial ideas for future master plan projects.
Transform 2014 – 2019
Updated 03.03.13: As part of the Research Lab and Core Facility Master Plan, Drexel has asked Payette Associates to conduct a feasibility study in Bossone regarding wet lab fit-outs. The following PDF exhibits the findings for a study performed on Level 5 of Bossone:
Bossone Level 5 Feasibility Study
Updated 10.09.13: As a top research institution, Drexel is looking to expand and renovate its research spaces. The slideshow below is a status report that addresses research and lab space design and planning concepts (especially for 3101 Market Street) that are in the works.
Research Lab and Core Facility Master Plan