Named for late president Constantine Papadakis, the building represents Drexel's commitment to environmental education and initiatives. The 120,000 sf, six-story, cast-in-place concrete building features a vegetated "Bio Wall" that uses plants to naturally cool, humidify, and filter indoor air. The building is comprised of three wings surrounding a full-height triangular atrium. Wings connect at each level with pedestrian links, which help distribute lateral forces and required detailed lateral analysis. Laboratories, offices, classrooms, a lecture hall, and a career center were components of the $50 million facility. LEED Gold certification and Green Globes rating are pending.
Keast & Hood Co. was engineer of record, along with associated structural engineer Halcrow Yolles.