Facilities Directory

Edmund D. Bossone Research Enterprise Center

Auditorium
Auditorium

Lobby
Lobby

Location:
Drexel University
Phildelphia, Pennsylvania

Campus Contact:
Mr. Marc A. Lombardini

Design Professional:
Burt Hill

Other Consultants:
Cagley, Harman, & Assoc.
PEI Cobb Freed & Partners
Bergmann Associates PC, Inc.
The Lighting Practice

Cost:
$32,542,000

Gross Square Feet:
155,000

Net Square Feet:
105,000

Construction Period:
28 Months

Completion Date:
2005

Description:
As part of Drexel's campus master plan, the university hoped to reshape a highly visible portion of the campus into a research precinct. The centerpiece of this precinct would be a new research laboratory building; the first step in creating the gateway to Drexel's planned "Avenue of Technology." Drexel commissioned Burt Hill as the architect and engineer of record for the new research facility; the design architect was Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

The new Edmund D. Bossone Research Enterprise Center houses wet and dry flexible-use research labs, computer and testing labs, faculty offices, conference and meeting spaces, and a 300-seat auditorium. A glass-enclosed lobby and interior skylight-covered atrium connect the existing seven-story Commonwealth Hall with the four-level wet lab addition. A cafe, roof terrace, conference room, and meeting spaces all open into the sunlit atrium. Our design promotes a collaborative learning environment that enhances interaction among the sciences.

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