New building, and new school, for Philadelphia University

Philadelphia University, in East Falls, has just broken ground on a new building for their new College of Design, Engineering and Commerce.  The new building will be a 38,500 square foot, $20 million addition to the campus with a very unique shape when it opens in the spring of 2013.  It is intended to be the hub of the new college, that was created to encourage entrepreneurship and teach students to commercialize their ideas and be familiar with modern business practices.

The building, designed by Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott, is starting now because Philadelphia University has just received a $5 million grant from an anonymous donor.  The university is in the midst of a large capital campaign, in order to, broaden its focus from a small, industry focused institution into a university which prepares students for a variety of business-related majors.  The new college will not only encourage entrepreneurial thinking, but also, collaboration between students studying various majors, such as design or engineering, so that they can be more collaborative in the workplace after graduation.  As a result, the building will have removable walls and moveable furniture, so that workspaces and group study areas can be reconfigured for different projects and events.  The building will include collaborative design studios, classrooms, workshops, research space, a computer design lab, and a prototype fabrication workshop.  The facility will have classroom lectures and events, and be used for projects and student displays.  The outside of the building will, also, have an innovative design.  It will be built into a hill and will be clad in a circle of steel mesh.

I have a link to the Philadelphia University website here, that explains the new college and the new building further, and I have renderings below.

Rendering of the new College of Design, Engineering and Commerce building

Rendering of one of the entrances to the DEC building

View of the "forum room" in the DEC building


About gabrielcgottlieb

I am a real estate agent at Long & Foster Real Estate Center City and someone who likes to write about development and urban planning in the City of Philadelphia. Contact me at if you are interested in buying or selling a home or investment property in Philadelphia.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s