With a progressive master plan and increasing campus enrollment, Drexel University recognized the need for a new welcome center to reflect its growth. The welcome center, which is part of the renovation of the enrollment management department, is integral to the introduction of potential and new students to the university.
The ASSOCIATED FIRMDrexel University Facilities Interior Design GroupCOST PER SQ FT$231.70FEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYWelcome Centers design of the welcome center responded directly to the students’ wishes for open spaces and contemporary aesthetics. Situated in the historic Main Building, the welcome center features open seating areas, conference rooms and a fully restored grand window.
The project included the demolition of the existing department; reconfiguration of the interior for more efficient circulation; modernization of the original boardroom; redesign of the existing grand window sashes to accept thermal glazing; advanced audiovisual integration; and simple interior detailing to coexist with the ornate historic details of the building.
This juxtaposition of fine historic details against the contemporary interior stands as a reminder to the students of both the rich traditional roots and progressive, comprehensive ideals of Drexel University.