*Project led by Eric Gordon while employed at a previous firm.
Diamond and Schmitt Architects
Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Structural Engineering Consultant
Expressing Drexel University’s commitment to collaboration, innovation and environmental sustainability, the Constantine N. Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building balances state-of-the art research and learning environments with inviting public assembly areas. Serving as a contemporary landmark on the university’s urban site, the building features a five-storey central atrium with a living green wall and dramatic, curved steel stair. Surrounding this light-filled core are research and teaching labs, computer and paleontology labs, classrooms, offices and a 200-seat lecture theatre. Achieving LEED® Gold-accreditation, the facility brings the university into the 21st century, providing transparent and airy learning environments that foster the ongoing exchange of ideas and innovation.
Challenge: To develop an appropriate structural framing system that meets key project goals for the building, including addressing of floor stiffness and vibration, accommodation for future lab space, and delivery according to an aggressive construction schedule.
Solution: A filigree floor system was chosen for its inherent fire-proofing, its relatively shallow floor depth, inherent robustness against vibration, and speed of erection, given its lack of concrete formwork. To address the need for future lab spaces, special provisions were made to the floor design to accommodate sleeving and openings.