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Drexel University engaged Coscia Moos Architecture to assist with the consolidation of Freshman Teaching Labs from dispersed locations around the campus to a new dedicated facility. This both improved teaching efficiency and gave this cohort a home base during a transformational year of study. The project additionally included the relocation of selected Electrical Engineering Principal Investigators and the newly formed Institute for the Energy and Environment (IExE) to the new ‘Innovation Neighborhood’. The 55,000 square foot area was carefully planned to accommodate freshman teaching spaces, wet labs, social sciences teaching spaces, offices, faculty research labs, makerspace and a large machine shop. The design emphasizes interdisciplinary engagement and interaction within the academic community by co-locating freshman with advanced graduate and post-doc research activities. Circulation and views into spaces are carefully crafted to show the younger cohort where they may be headed, and for the older crowd, where their academic journeys began.

Project Name

Drexel University College of Electrical Engineering


Drexel University


Philadelphia, PA


55,000 SF Adaptive Re-Use