ERDY McHENRY

ARCHITECTURE

RACE ST. HOUSING

Client: Drexel University

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Date: 2007

Area: 130,500 sq feet

 

Recognition:

 

2007 - GBCA Construction Excellence Award: Best Design Built Project – Drexel University Residence Hall

2008 - DBIA Pennsylvania Tri-State Region Design-Build Project Award: Drexel University Race Street Residence Hall

2009 - Best Overall Design Build Project, Design Build Institute of America, PA Region

 

Synopsis:

 

In response to Drexel University’s acute shortage for undergraduate student housing, the new dormitory was designed, engineered and constructed in a fast-track schedule. In order to accommodate the schedule, the project was been organized by the university as design build. The design-build process has allowed a more transparent process that brings together client, architect, builder, and subcontractors as active participants in the design process. This structure creates a feedback loop where information is constantly flowing from one source to another, creating a more informed design process and product. The dormitory seeks to enhance the current and future pedestrian campus pedestrian circulation. Taking cues from the university’s master plan, the new dormitory rises up from the ground to allow passage through the site, making a stronger connection between residences and other areas of campus.

 

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