Drexel University’s Lebow College of Business is about to start construction of a large and dramatic new academic building. The new building, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Voith & MacTavish Architects, will be twelve storeys tall and 177,000 square feet. It will be on Market Street, at Woodland Walk across from the intersection of 32nd and Market Streets (where Matheson Hall has just been demolished), and will have a limestone and glass curtain wall facade that will create a true gateway for the Drexel campus from the east. The large glass wall along Market Street will show the building’s activity and will be more noticeable to pedestrians on the sidewalk than the largely solid walls of Matheson.
The $92 million building will have a 300 seat auditorium, a 160 seat event space, and a 100 seat lecture hall, as well as, several other classrooms and computer classrooms. There will be a large five-storey atrium in the middle of the eastern wing of the building. The 12-storey tower will be on the western side of the complex, visible up and down Market Street. Like many other academic and research buildings built as of late, the building will have lounges and study areas to encourage collaboration between the students, and the students and faculty. There will, also, be a cafe on the ground level. It will have the latest technology, of course, including computerized learning spaces and a recording studio for online learning and projects. The building will, also, include a space, on the upper floors, for the Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship, a business incubator that will have space for new companies. It will have many green, sustainable features and is seeking an international sustainability rating called Green Globe certification.
The new building will start construction now that Matheson Hall has been completely demolished and should be done by sometime in 2014. You can read an article on a special website for the building, called www.buildinglebow.com, right here, and check out my pictures below. And if you’re looking for a home or investment property in University City, or anywhere nearby, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out The Condo Shop website, at www.thecondoshops.com, or check out my Facebook page, at Gabriel G. Philly Realtor.