Hotel News: The Study at University City Breaks Ground

The Study at University City | Rendering: Study Hotels

The Study at University City | Rendering: Study Hotels/DIGSAU

Drexel University is making some noise this week. Hot off of announcing their big plans for the Korman Quadrangle, Study Hotels and Hospitality 3, a hotel development company, broke ground on a new project called the Study at University City today.

The hotel will have a prime location on northwest corner of 33rd and Chestnut and feature 212 rooms, 7,000-square-feet of banquet/meeting space, a 105-seat corner restaurant and bar and a state-of-the-art fitness center, according to a press release. It will replace the James E. Marks Intercultural Center.

Philly’s own DIGSAU handled the design of the building, which follows Study’s first brand at Yale, aptly named The Study at Yale, in New Haven, Connecticut.  The project was announced in May, when Drexel agreed to a “long term ground lease” for the location with developer Hospitality 3, who own the hotel to be operated by Study Hotels. The project on Drexel’s campus is expected Read more »

Drexel’s New-Look Quad Will Feature Campus Green, Renovated Korman Center

The new-look Korman Center from the Korman Quadrangle | Courtesy: Drexel University

The new-look Korman Center from the Korman Quadrangle | Courtesy: Drexel University

Any university worth its salt has a centralized location where everyone gathers. At Penn, it’s College Green. Temple has Beury Beach at the Bell Tower. Drexel University students hang at the Quad around the Korman Center, a site that even the university admits has begun to look “increasingly out of date.” Well, that’s all about to change.

The university officially announced that it plans to “expand and repurpose much of the building as well as create the classic campus green” in the open space in and around the Korman Center. The newly minted Korman Quadrangle is possible due to an $8 million gift from the Korman Family Foundation. Drexel matched the gift with another $8 million. According to a press release, construction is expected to begin Read more »

Drexel Professor Accidentally Sends Anal Beads Porn to Law Students

File this under “Big ol’ oopsie.”

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Above the Law reports that Lisa McElroy, a professor at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law, accidentally sent her students an email that contained a link to a PornHub video called “She Loves Her Anal Beads.”

The email came with the subject line “great article on writing briefs,” but, well, that’s not exactly what the students got.

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3201 Race Street Plans Apartments, Homes and Childcare

3201 Race Street, looking west | Rendering via Erdy McHenry Architecture/Radnor Property Group

3201 Race Street, looking west | Rendering via Erdy McHenry Architecture/Radnor Property Group

A Drexel-owned lot at 3201 Race Street looks to have a new life in its not-too-distant future. Radnor Property Group plans for a glassy 16-story apartment tower designed by Philly-based Erdy McHenry Architecture. 164 market rate apartment units will rise above a mixed-use platform that will contain a large childcare facility and a public green space that looks over the train tracks towards Center City.

David Yeager, president of Radnor Property Group, said the project was born out of a request for proposal from Drexel University for projects geared towards market rate housing and childcare for their staff and the nearby community.  Yeager described it as another “cog” in the wheel of Drexel president John Fry’s vision for the Innovation Neighborhood and beyond.

The project will also include 12 market rate townhomes to the north, a green roof and an underground parking facility with 26 spaces. There are also 61 bike spots and two car share spaces.

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Academy of Natural Sciences Offers Pay-What-You-Wish Admission Day

dinohall_WKlein-1534 (1)On Monday, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is hosting a pay-what-you-wish day in celebration of its founding.

As the Academy notes in a press release, “the official day the Academy was established by seven amateur naturalists was March 21, 1812. Initially meeting at one founder’s home, these men pulled together their specimen collections and other resources and created the Academy of Natural Sciences for ‘the encouragement and cultivation of the sciences and the advancement of useful learning.’”

The Academy offers a spot in the city to escape every day life to ponder life-size dinosaur replicas, learn about fossil preservation, and learn about animals that have roamed the Earth through its collection of countless species, living and dead.

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New Orleans’ Commander’s Palace Popping Up at Drexel

Photo via Wikimedia

Photo via Wikimedia

The Center for Hospitality and Sports Management at Drexel University is responsible for Philly Chef Conference but that is hardly the only cool event they host during the year.

On Friday, March 6th, Drexel’s hospitality program welcomes Tory McPhail, executive chef of Commander’s Palace in New Orleans to a pop-up dinner at the University’s Academic Bistro.

Commander’s Palace is a landmark among dining landmarks in New Orleans. Open since 1880 and now under the stewardship McPhail, a James Beard award winning chef, the restaurant is known for its haute Creole cuisine.

The four-course dinner costs $75 per person and includes complimentary drink pairings. Tickets to the event are available on Drexel’s web site.

UPDATE: The dinner is now sold out.

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Morning Headlines: What Will 30th Street Station Look Like in 2040?

30th st station

We already know that our beloved 30th Street Station–yes, we’re still calling it that–is one of the busiest hubs in the nation. But what will it be like in the year 2040? As Jim Saksa of PlanPhilly points out, that’s partially up to you, boss:

The district plan is a joint effort by Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, SEPTA and other stakeholders to create an implementable vision for the 175-acre area surrounding the station.

In the coming months, the team will develop three different scenarios for the district come 2040. Following another round of public feedback and feasibility studies, those three scenarios will be synthesized into a single District Plan, which will be fully implementable the day it’s released (sometime around fall 2016).

So, do you really want to see the rail yards north of 30th Street Station capped and turned into a platform for the next office and residential towers in a confluence of transportation, residential and commercial activity? Then you kind of have to get involved.

In order for the rail yard cap to happen, that land (technically, the air rights above it) needs to be worth enough to justify the tremendous cost of covering it. Just as the development of Hudson Yards is covering the price of putting a lid on the West Side Yard, burying the rail yard would be effectively paid for with the rent from the skyscrapers built on top.

Here’s to get (and stay) involved in the process. You can also take this handy survey to help out even more!

Will plans for 30th St. Station District include capping rail yards? That’s up to you [PlanPhilly]

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