The Chestnut Square Development project at Drexel University by Robert A.M. Stern Architects is moving along according to schedule. The new 865-bed cmomplex will provide Drexel University students with two-bedroom and four-bedroom suites organized as duplexes, with a living room and kitchen at the entry level and bedrooms alternately above and below.
Six-story residential blocks sheathed in metallic panels and glass will sit above transparent ground-level retail and cantilever toward each other to frame a view toward Mandell Theater. A cast stone 18-story residential tower on 32nd and Chestnut Streets will form a visual counterpoint to the neighboring Left Bank apartment building and Drexel's Main Building. The tower's entrance will open into a suite of student amenity spaces including a lounge, game room, fitness center, and laundry. A nine-story cast stone facade on 33rd and Chestnut Streets will anchor views from Woodland Walk and, together with Papadakis Integrated Science Building, will compose a western gateway to the core of campus.