Construction Starts Today On Drexel’s $16M Korman Center Expansion

June 14, 2016 |  by  |  Morning Blend  |  ,

 

A view of the expanded Korman Center, scheduled for completion in fall 2017 | Rendering: Gluckman Tang Architects

A view of the expanded Korman Center, scheduled for completion in fall 2017 | Rendering: Gluckman Tang Architects

  • Drexel University is set to break ground this afternoon on the $16 million expansion of its Korman Center at 33rd & Chestnut Streets, notes Curbed Philly. Gluckman Tang Architects principal Dana Tang explains that the “design aspires to give new life to the public face of the Korman Center by projecting openness and transparency and creating dynamic, day-lit interior spaces that connect with an active front porch on the Korman Quadrangle,” an ecologically-minded public space from Andropogon Associates.
  • By its own metric of “walkable urban places,” or WalkUPs (“districts of regional significance that contain large amounts of office and retail space that can be easily traversed on foot, with residents interspersed or nearby”), developers’ advocacy group LOCUS ranks Philadelphia 10th out of the 30 most populous American metropolitan areas in terms of percentage (17%) of office and retail space and multifamily housing units located within WalkUPs. This annual “Foot Traffic Ahead” report also looks forward, noting, in author Christopher B. Leinberger’s words, “that high WalkUPs are what the knowledge economy is demanding.”
  • B Lab, a local non-profit that “evaluates and certifies for-profit companies after evaluating their social and environmental policies,” will hold its annual conference this October in Philadelphia rather than Durham, North Carolina as originally planned, reports NewsWorks. The venue switch is meant to protest the Tar Heel State’s controversial “bathroom law” while underscoring Philadelphia’s reputation as a progressive, welcoming city. “We felt that Philadelphia would provide a good place for us to have open and frank discussions about the role of business in helping to create a more inclusive economy,” said Vale Jokisch, who leads community engagement at B Lab. The gathering is expected to infuse some $800,000 into the local economy.
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