LeBow College of Business
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, under construction, completion 2013
The proposed 12-story, 177,500-square-foot home for LeBow College of Business 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 diagonal massing of the lower floors follows Woodland Walk and combines with the soon-to-be-completed Papadakis Integrated Science Building (Diamond & Schmitt, 2011) to energize the University's central quadrangle. 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. The third floor houses the Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship. The atrium is immediately accessible from main entrances at the three corners of the building. An open stair within the atrium leads to a 300-seat auditorium and 100-seat lecture hall below and to a divisible multipurpose room and additional classrooms above. The building's upper floors contain faculty offices interspersed with seminar rooms and group study rooms. The top floor houses the Dean's suite and a boardroom and conference suite.
The building's warm masonry and glass exterior reflects the emerging vocabulary of the next generation of Drexel buildings. Sophisticated solar shading devices allow maximum transparency between the inside and outside while supporting the building's high environmental aspirations.