Drexel University's LeBow College of Business Tops OutAugust 21, 2012
Today Drexel University held a topping-out ceremony for the new home of the LeBow College of Business, which is scheduled to open in Fall 2013. Faculty, staff, and students joined the ceremony marking the placement of the final beam on the new 12-story, 177,500 square-foot business center that will change the face of Drexel and Market Street.
“This center will be a cornerstone of the Innovation Neighborhood we plan to build right here in University City,” President John A. Fry said. “That’s a neighborhood where students, professors and researchers all live and work, sharing ideas and collaborating on solutions to society’s challenges.”
Interim Dean Frank Linnehan, Ph.D., added, "Pursuing an education is in itself an act of perpetual self-construction. And in little more than one year from today, professors, students and business leaders will convene in this tower to advance knowledge and apply its lessons to the work of the real world.”
The new building is located at the heart of Drexel University's campus, at the intersection of Woodland Walk and Market Street, where it forms a gateway to Drexel and a backdrop to the historic statue of A. J. Drexel (Moses Ezekiel, 1904). The building's tower will mark the LeBow College and Drexel campus from all directions while the open, glassy Market Street facade will showcase the College's student activities to passersby. The building's organization unites the school's various constituencies around a five-story-high atrium, ringed by classrooms, student lounges, events spaces, and offices. Bennett S. LeBow's gift of $45 million helped make the project possible.
RAMSA partners Graham Wyatt and Kevin Smith are working with Mr. Stern on the project.