Diamond + Schmitt to make their mark in Philly

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – Toronto-based Diamond + Schmitt Architects have won a competition to design an academic building for Drexel University’s West Philadelphia campus. The US$49-million facility will provide 32 research laboratories for faculty and graduate research assistants in the Department of Bioscience, as well as the Steinbright Career Development Center, which serves students and alumni in cooperative education and career placement.

The five-storey building will have an open-concept design with an atrium on the ground floor that will act as a student meeting area, and a glass skylight five floors up. The walkways that carry students across the upper floors will overlook the atrium and will be connected by a spiral staircase that runs the entire height of the structure. Prominently located in the atrium will be a bio-wall to filter the air.

Diamond + Schmitt are design leads for a group that includes H2L2 Architects of Philadelphia. Construction will begin in 2008.

For more information: www.dsai.ca.

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