Drexel University

URBN Center for Arts and Design
Philadelphia, PA
Fire Protection
150,000 SF

The newly renovated URBN Center for Arts and Design is made up of two buildings on Market and Filbert Streets and is approximately 150,000 SF and serves as a collaborative hub for its design programs. 

The core of the first building, located on Market Street, was removed and four stories replaced by six Escher-inspired levels surrounding a full height atrium.  The building houses classrooms, working studios, offices, conference spaces, display areas and a full Data Center.  Some studio spaces include paint spray booths and fume hoods. 

The building has limited floor-to-floor heights (9’-4”), so the HVAC system utilizes chilled beams, dedicated ventilation systems with heat recovery, high efficiency chillers and high efficiency boilers. This combination produces a 25-30% reduction in energy usage compared to conventional systems, while also fitting into the tight core clearances.

The second building, located on Filbert Street, is a 13,000 square foot, single story structure that houses a large gallery, a black box theater, a screening room, a reception hall and a food preparation area.