Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Marks Intercultural Center

Project Type: Classroom Fit-Out
Construction Cost: $2 million
Project Size: 12,000 square feet
Architect: EwingCole
Builder: Bittenbender Construction

The Baida Institute

Project Type: Renovation and Fit-Out
Construction Cost: $1.3 million
Project Size: 6,000 square feet
Architect: Purdy O’Gwynn
Builder: Bittenbender Construction

MacAlister Hall Music Department

Project Type: Practice Rooms Renovation
Construction Cost: $250,000
Project Size: 500 square feet
Architect: Environetics
Builder: P. Agnes

“In my role as VP for Facilities and Real Estate at Drexel, I shared 10 of those first 20 years with B&F, at first as a consumer of estimating services at a time we were doing quite a few large projects. B&F became one of a small number of trusted project managers we depended on when the workload was too big for the in-house team. Thanks to the great support we got from B&F and others in the construction community in Philadelphia, we were able to deliver a lot of good work.”

  • Fit-out of 2nd floor classroom at Drexel PPPSRB

    Fit-out of 2nd Floor of PPPSRB includes this versatile classroom space

  • Common area at newly renovated entrepreneurial center-PPPSRB, featuring work stations at shared table

    2nd Floor fit-out for Drexel University building

  • Interior image of Drexel University's Baiada Institute fit-out open space with seating for students

    Fit-out job in the Pearlstein Building at Drexel University

  • renovated-interior-classroom-movable-tables-chairs-facing-projection-screen

    Versatile space for presentations in the newly renovated Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship in Drexel University's Pearlstein Building

  • interior-private-meeting-space-with-flatscreen-television-speaker phone options-white board and desk

    Private meeting room for students in the newly renovated center

Augmenting Project Management Staff to Meet Tight Deadlines

Since 2014, Becker & Frondorf has supplemented Drexel’s Real Estate and Facilities Department by managing several fit-out projects for different Departmental clients. Projects were phased around the University’s trimester schedule, often allowing only several months from design through construction. Our staff served as an extension of the University’s facilities team, working directly with contractors and collaborating extensively with Drexel Support Services—including Technology, Security, and Environmental Services—to achieve project goals.

Projects managed by B&F include the Marks Intercultural Center at the Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research Building; the Baiada Institute, Close School of Entrepreneurship at the Pearlstein Building; and Music Department renovations at MacAlister Hall. Our team successfully resolved construction and scheduling issues to ensure each of these projects was completed on time.