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The Study at University City

The boutique hotel on the Drexel campus at the corner of 33rd & Chestnut Streets is nearly closed in.  All of the exterior panels and windows have been installed.  The ground and second floors will be enclosed soon, and interior finishes will begin.  The following photographs were taken two weeks apart:



Laboratories for Bio-Medical Engineering

Renovations are in progress on the 6th floor of Drexel’s Bossone Research Enterprise Center.  Research laboratories for Bio-Medical Engineering are in progress.  Labs are difficult to photograph because it doesn’t look like much is happening until the benches are installed.  Framing is in progress for the equipment alcoves:


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Friday Flashback

Friday seems like a good day to stroll down memory lane.  What follows is a photograph of High (Market) Street between 31st and 32nd Streets, taken in 1881, ten years before Drexel’s founding and five years after construction of the Centennial Bank Building, now the Peck Alumni Center, the second building in on the right side of the picture just below 3 o’clock:

Market & 31st 1881

Arch Street

Arch Street receives attention in the Public Realm Master Plan, which calls for lining the north and south sides with trees between 33rd & 34th Streets to match the beautiful allee of zelkovas between 32nd & 33rd:


Arch Street west of 33rd:

Arch Street West of 33rd

The Public Realm Master Plan:

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The Slope at Vue 32

Vue 32 is the mixed-use residential and childcare project being developed by the Radnor Property Group with a ground lease from Drexel.  The site at the corner of 32nd & Race has a 12′ drop in grade from the north-west to the south-east corner.  Look at the step ladder in the background of this image of the excavated basement and foundation walls:


The basement will provide underground parking in the finished project:

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