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Wexford Science + Technology
Interiors, New Construction
494,688 sq. ft., 12-Stories
Supply Chain Management
Virtual Design & Construction
Turner, in partnership with Perryman Construction, built the new Wexford Drexel Health Sciences Building (HSB) as part Wexford’s uCity development in West Philadelphia. The project consisted of a 12-story building, plus two levels of MEP Penthouse, totaling 494,688 square feet. Designed by a team at Ballinger who worked closely with Drexel and the end-user faculty, the facility is the new home of both the College of Medicine, which has been consolidated in the HSB, and the College of Nursing and Health Professionals. The building includes 178,500 sq. ft. of classroom space, 98,700 sq. ft. of office/support space, and 87,000 sq. ft. of lab/simulation space.
The lab program includes: physical therapy research labs, music and dance therapy labs, gait and human performance labs, brain imaging, gross anatomy labs, embalming, cadaver storage, a fresh tissue lab, a special prosection lab, and an ‘activities of daily living’ space. The simulation portion of the program includes: operating rooms, clinical and health assessment, patient exam rooms, healthcare personnel safety (HPS) bed bays, and nursing academic clinical support services. Additionally, the new HSB also contains a virtual reality lab, locker rooms, a wellness room, a faith room, a lactation room, and a café in the lobby.
The project was designed to achieve a minimum of LEED-Silver certification.
When our leadership team approached this project, it decided to both broaden and deepen its commitment to including UBE firms. To promote the minority firms in the industry, we decided to bring on partners for each of our Wexford Science + Technology projects: Perryman Construction for this project, and McKissack for the neighboring One uCity Square project. These projects provided us a chance to share our knowledge and our network, and enhance our partners’ portfolios. Our commitment to addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the construction industry means that on larger projects, we partner with minority firms to support their growth and create the equal playing field we want to see in the future.