Phase I compared various lab fit-out options that could accommodate different ratios of Engineering to Chemistry department use. The existing geometry of the building was a driving force in the lab design.
Research Labs and Core Facility Master Plan
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The goal of this Master Plan was to identify locations for new research labs for the Chemistry and Engineering Departments. The Master Plan incorporated generic test fits and cost analysis for several options, allowing Drexel the flexibility to plan for the growth of vital university research programs.
Phase I of the Master Plan involves the Edmund D. Bossone Research Enterprise Center. The Center contains research and teaching facilities, along with various support space. Several labs will be converted to wet research laboratory space, providing immediate relief for the Chemistry and Engineering Departments.
Phase II involves the parking garage at 3101 Market Street. With generous floor-to-floor heights, the garage is available to be converted into wet research laboratory space. The space has been deemed an excellent candidate to house the Institute for Energy & the Environment (IExE), which will provide a space to accommodate new types of collaboration among Engineering and Chemistry Researchers.
Phase III is a full fit-out of the 3101 Market Street building. The building is divided approximately into thirds, following the existing column grid. Two additional atria drive light through the building at varying depths. The main circulation path connects these atria/hives, and is supplemented by secondary circulation paths that connect to the research labs. The existing structure is preserved as much as possible; setbacks on the north and south sides of the building follow the rhythm of the atria, allowing for direct visual access to the outside.