Our work at Drexel University began with a plan. Our team worked closely with the Drexel community and architecture firm Goody Clancy to develop a master plan that produced iconic new spaces, enlivened the streets, and established a more sustainable campus. Andropogon then redesigned the heart of Drexel University as a web of woodland walks featuring diverse plant communities and a canopy of shade trees. The team incorporated gathering spaces in the design to accommodate daily interactions with flexible seating and food trucks, as well as formal areas for large-scale celebrations. John A. Fry, president of Drexel University, called Perelman Plaza a “true town square… the most spectacular community space Drexel has ever had.”
Through a combination of porous paving, planting areas, and a new central green space, Andropogon was able to reduce the impervious cover by 96% at the main quadrangle of the campus. The site is now able to reduce the urban heat island effect and support biodiversity, providing important environmental benefits for the University City neighborhood.