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mcgrath618 May 17, 2019 2:55 AM

PHILADELPHIA | Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions | 185 FT | 12 FLOORS
 
Another bare minimum skyscraper to kick off uCity Square...

Title: Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions
Project: University classrooms, offices
Architect: Wexford Science and Technology LLC
Developer: Wexford Science and Technology LLC
Location: 36th and Filbert
District: University City
Floors: 12
Height: 185 feet

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http://johnfryblog.drexel.edu/wp-con...ew-676x425.jpg

Drexel nursing and health school to move from Center City to new tower planned at former University City High site
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Drexel University will move its school for nurses, nutritionists and other health professionals from Center City into a new tower planned on part of a sprawling former high school property it acquired five years ago from the Philadelphia School District.

The new College of Nursing and Health Professions building will rise beside a public elementary and middle school also planned at the northwest corner of 36th and Filbert Streets, where part of University City High School once stood, Drexel president John Fry wrote in a blog post on the university’s website Tuesday.
The public school and health-professions tower will be designed and built by developer Wexford Science & Technology LLC of Baltimore, with financing provided by Chicago-based real estate trust Ventas Inc. The two also are partners on the University City Science Center’s uCity Square development on a parcel to the immediate west, which also had been part of the University City High property.

The three-acre Drexel-owned development site where the tower and public school are planned has been home to a seasonal Philadelphia Horticultural Society “pop-up” beer garden for the last three years. It will not reopen when its season concludes in September to make way for the site’s always-anticipated development, PHS spokesman Kevin Feeley said.

Fry said in his post that the nursing and health school’s move “will enable the college to consolidate academic and research programs," while facilitating “greater collaboration between the college and Drexel’s other colleges and schools."

Drexel’s health college currently occupies space at the Three Parkway office tower at 1601 Cherry St. and two other Center City office buildings, Fry said.

A spokesperson for Three Parkway’s owner, Washington-based MRP Realty Group, had no immediate information on the school’s departure or whether it would affect the large “Drexel” sign at the top of the 600,000-square-foot office tower.

Drexel has a 174,000-square-foot lease at the building that expires in May 2023, according to market tracker CoStar Group. CoStar’s data did not specify how much of the space was used by the health college.

Fry said the new college building, which appears in architectural renderings to reach 11 stories, is expected to be ready for occupancy in 2022.

Work on the new elementary and middle school, meanwhile, is scheduled to begin this year for completion in time for the 2020-2021 school year, Fry said. The $38 million building will house Powel Elementary School, currently at 36th Street and Powelton Avenue, and the Science Leadership Academy Middle School, now at 3600 Market St., he said.

The health-professions tower and public school “will bring more dynamism to our campus and further connect us with our neighboring community,” Fry said. “The two projects will further our roots as an anchor institution in West Philadelphia focused on both innovation and inclusion.”
https://www.philly.com/real-estate/c...-20190516.html

summersm343 May 17, 2019 4:41 PM

Looks great. Build it!

mcgrath618 May 21, 2019 2:10 AM

These renderings show what looks like another new East-west street north of Filbert. Anyone know anything more?

Aaamazarite May 21, 2019 1:17 PM

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Originally Posted by mcgrath618 (Post 8579263)
These renderings show what looks like another new East-west street north of Filbert. Anyone know anything more?

There will be a new 3600 and 3700 block of Cuthbert Street through the complex

mcgrath618 May 23, 2019 5:45 PM

It looks like they intend to make the parking lot at 36th and Filbert into a sort of park/square, at least judging by the renderings. I think that's a great use of the land, except that a lot of buildings on Filbert there front Market and not Filbert.

summersm343 May 23, 2019 5:58 PM

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Originally Posted by mcgrath618 (Post 8582231)
It looks like they intend to make the parking lot at 36th and Filbert into a sort of park/square, at least judging by the renderings. I think that's a great use of the land, except that a lot of buildings on Filbert there front Market and not Filbert.

Maybe temporarily. Drexel plans to build another building on this parking lot in the future.

Urbanthusiat Sep 11, 2019 2:42 PM

Seems like this might be about to get started? Tweet here has a video of a tower crane being assembled at UCity Square. But I don't recall this going through CDR, so maybe it's for the school? Anyone know?

https://twitter.com/ucitysquare/stat...654653451?s=21

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@uCitySquare: The perks of working at @uCitySquare: endless opportunities to watch crane assembly

mcgrath618 Sep 11, 2019 4:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Urbanthusiat (Post 8684010)
Seems like this might be about to get started? Tweet here has a video of a tower crane being assembled at UCity Square. But I don't recall this going through CDR, so maybe it's for the school? Anyone know?

https://twitter.com/ucitysquare/stat...654653451?s=21

I’ll drive by in a few hours, so I’ll report on it.

summersm343 Sep 11, 2019 6:15 PM

Probably for the school. I'm pretty certain that went through CDR already. This tower did not yet though.

mcgrath618 Sep 12, 2019 7:48 PM

Drove by today and there was no crane anywhere.

ironhead401 Sep 13, 2019 12:59 AM

thats not a tower crane in the video, its a mobile hydraulic crane, looks like they were using it to set units of some sort on a roof.

phishtown Sep 13, 2019 6:31 PM

The project is listed on this page:
https://drexel.edu/facilities/design/currentProjects/

It says it'll be started Spring 2020.

mcgrath618 Oct 15, 2019 3:24 PM

Via the Lowrise thread:
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Originally Posted by cardeza (Post 8717438)
That is crazy, but consistent with what Ive heard from others who frequent those areas.

In other news, it seems Drexel has been issued zoning permits for the new K-8 school and the nursing school buildings on the UCHS site. I think there was a foundation permit for the 12 story tower as well. Also, brandywine has unity of use zoning permits for the 30th and Arch sites where the two towers are planned.

Does this thing have to go to CDR? Or is it small enough not to?

summersm343 Nov 13, 2019 8:16 PM

Site Prep has started
 
Site prep has started. Posted in the uCity Square thread by Mikieman:

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phishtown Nov 13, 2019 8:45 PM

I think the site prep is probably for the lowrise school next to this building, since this goes right up to Warren St

mcgrath618 Nov 13, 2019 9:09 PM

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Originally Posted by phishtown (Post 8747602)
I think the site prep is probably for the lowrise school next to this building, since this goes right up to Warren St

I'd argue that it's both. It'd make sense to kill two birds with one stone here.

christof Nov 14, 2019 8:53 PM

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Originally Posted by mcgrath618 (Post 8747645)
I'd argue that it's both. It'd make sense to kill two birds with one stone here.

Looks more like the school location than the nursing building to be honest with you.

hammersklavier Nov 15, 2019 1:25 PM

They've removed the pop-up beer garden and I've seen soil testing rigs on the nursing school side of the site.

Aaamazarite Nov 15, 2019 4:06 PM

The site prep is more likely for the school but could be for both-- from what I understand, there's a big push to get the school done.


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