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BLT Architects to Complete New Project for Drexel University

Dornsife Center for neighborhood partnerships expected to open in 2014.


Dornsife Center for neighborhood partnerships expected to open in 2014.

Dornsife Center site

PHILADELPHIA – BLT Architects (BLTa), a Philadelphia-based architectural and interior design firm, has announced that they have been commissioned to begin work on Drexel University's Dornsife Center. The Dornsife Center was made possible by a generous $10 million gift by Dana and David Dornsife and will be located on a 1.3-acre site at 35th and Spring Garden Streets.

The Dornsife Center will be a resource hub to share expertise and knowledge with the West Philadelphia community. The Center will offer a welcoming environment for local children, senior citizens, and families to interact with technology. The current site of the Dornsife Center is home to three existing buildings: an elementary school and two administrative buildings that have sat dormant for a number of years. These buildings will be renovated by BLTa to provide a range of flexible spaces that will accommodate small group meetings and workshops as well as larger gatherings and hands-on exhibits.

“We are excited to begin renovations on Drexel's newest outreach efforts in West Philadelphia," says Michael L. Prifti, FAIA, and managing principal at BLTa. "This project is especially fulfilling as not only will we be restoring life to a site that has sat vacant for years, but the newly outfitted buildings will serve a higher purpose of providing a harbor of learning for the local community. BLTa has a deep history of renovating existing structures and new construction in higher education settings, and we are looking forward to bringing our expertise to the Dornsife project."