Drexel's Master Plan Revisited

I wrote a few months ago about Drexel University's big expansion and neighborhood revitalization plan.  Here is a better view inside the 8 year master plan.

Reinforcing Market Street As The Heart Of Campus
Construction projects on the northern edge of Market Street will center more activity in this key area and further Drexel's presence in West Philadelphia.  This shift, which began with the renovation of Van Rensselaer Hall, the move of administrative functions to 3201 Arch Street, and the construction of the East and North Residence Halls, will provide a more even distribution of activity throughout the campus.  The conversion of the Armory into an athletic and convocation center also will help ensure a more even distribution of campus resources, as will potential dining outlets north of Market Street.

Strengthening Drexel's North/South Connections
Development along 30th, 32nd, 33rd, and 34th streets will enliven the Campus by enhancing linkages among its warious districts and strengthening connections with Drexel's University City neighborhood.

Enhancing Student Life
Adding retail establishments, outdoor seating areas, lighting, and greenery to the streetscape will invigorate the student experience, as will new residence halls and recreational spaces.

The closing of Race Street between 33rd and 34th Streets to auto traffic, creating a safe and green pedestrian link through campus.  The project is the first phase of an ambitious landscaping project to create a pedestrian mall and series of walks to connect the north residential portion of the campus to the academic core.  Phase one adds new trees, lighting and seating areas along Race Street to create a pedestrian and bicycle only east/west link between 33rd and 34th streets.

Architects: Pennoni Associates
Estimated Budget: $700,000

Papadakis Integrated Science Building
Architect: Diamond and Schmitt
Estimated Budget: $69,000,000

LeBow College of Business Expansion
Architect: Robert A.M. Stern with VMA
Estimated Budget: $92,000,000

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