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Old Posted May 21, 2008, 10:08 AM
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Lightbulb PHILADELPHIA | Drexel Dormitory 34th Street | HEIGHT | 17 FLOORS

Groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday for new dormitory at Drexel University, along 34th Street, designed by Erdy McHenry. Check out the rendering at www.intechconstruction.com, click on Current Projects, click on Pre-Construction. Caisson drilling start is imminent, scheduled Completion is late 2009.

Great piece of architecture....Floor plates are shaped like "footballs with the ends cut-off", and rotate as they go up the building..
     
     
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Old Posted May 21, 2008, 3:35 PM
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cool news

I'll see if i can swing by there today to take some photos....
     
     
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Old Posted May 22, 2008, 12:19 AM
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Great looking building! It has planned housing for only 282 people.... that doesn't seem like much. Is that common for college dorms? I would expect many more people to be housed in a 17 story building.
     
     
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Old Posted May 22, 2008, 3:43 PM
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I'm sure Drexel has a lot more housing dorms, so this will just be another add on. Anyways, building looks interesting.
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Thoroughbred...are you working on a cover-page type of post with the picture and stats? The building looks GREAT!
     
     
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Old Posted May 22, 2008, 9:02 PM
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Its actually quite common to only house 272 students. They are not regular
dorm rooms but more like suites/apartment style with common areas, kitchens and bathrooms.
     
     
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Old Posted May 23, 2008, 2:04 AM
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Thoroughbred, I agree with Don....you need to build a lead post with pics and info.

Also, this shouldn't be in the Construction forum*yet*, it is still a proposal until actual construction starts (ie: concrete is poured). Right now it is still in "Pre-Construction".
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Old Posted May 23, 2008, 10:01 AM
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Project is now"officially" under construction as notification was awaiting the groundbreaking ceremony...caissons have started and should be completed in two weeks...concrete superstructure should begin rising in July, and will be a very visible part of the University City skyline by year end.

I will try to get the photo downloaded, however, here is a start of a cover page, keeping in mind that I am "technology challenged":

Drexel University-34th Street Dormitory
Owner: Drexel University
Location: 34th Street, just South of Powelton Avenue
Square Feet: 120,000 sf
Height: 17 Stories
Completion: Fall 2009
Architect: Erdy McHenry
Contractor: Intech Construction
     
     
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Old Posted May 23, 2008, 1:02 PM
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Everything happening in west philly over the past 10 years has just be amazing. We are lucky that these school have decideed to really invest in the area.

Whether they had to or not, it is still great for the city.
     
     
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Old Posted May 23, 2008, 1:13 PM
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thoroughbred...good find.

feel free to use the edit feature to make the first page a little more informative


     
     
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Old Posted May 23, 2008, 2:51 PM
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Caissons have already been started? Before official groundbreaking? Strange.

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Caissons have already been started? Before official groundbreaking? Strange.
Drexel really needs this dorm so I guess it's full steam ahead. Talk about real progress...
     
     
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. . . Talk about real progress...
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17 floors...so what are we talking about height-wise? 200 feet?
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Building spree

Admins, students, officials break ground at new dorm

Jennifer Famous

Issue date: 5/23/08 Section: News

Drexel students, faculty and staff came together May 21 with the Powelton Village community to break ground on the new 34th Street residence hall.

Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff Tobey Oxholm said that seven years ago there was no relationship between Drexel and the Powelton Village Community, and now they have collaborated to become an "active, dynamic community."

"Drexel's relationship with the Powelton Village Community has improved over the years, and when the plans for the new residence hall were presented to them, they applauded its design," Jim Katsaounis, executive director of communications for the Division of Student Life and Administrative Services said.

West Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell stressed the importance of "partnership and everybody giving a little" to make this project a success.

"West Philadelphia is the best place in the country to be," Blackwell said.

The $42 million project will culminate in August 2009 and will be ready for the 2009-2010 school year, according to Katsaounis.

James Tucker, senior vice president for SLAS, said the new dormitory will be the "focal point of Drexel's campus as a residential community."

All students were invited to a cookout immediately following the ceremony.

"[The cookout] was to recognize the student involvement in the development and design of the building," Katsaounis said.

Tucker also told the guests of the event that this is the first of three major construction changes to occur on Drexel's campus.

In the fall, the Daskalakis Athletic Center will undergo renovations, moving to the Armory. Following in the winter months will be the construction of a new bioscience building.


The new dorm will hold 482 students on 17 floors.
     
     
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Has anyone kept an eye on this? I just remembered it today. I really like this one.
     
     
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Old Posted Aug 3, 2008, 11:16 AM
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seems like a lot of the West Philly stuff gets ignored. Yeh, this project is moving along smoothly and is already taking its football shape. Someone should really make a start page for it and take some pics.
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From today

here are some photos i took today...




     
     
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Old Posted Aug 4, 2008, 1:43 AM
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A looker!

Will this officially give the city two skylines now?
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Nice! Looks like something from Vilnius!
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