Turner Selected to Manage Construction of $49.7 Million Constantine Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building for Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa.


Project to Include a Biowall, First of Its Kind at a U.S. University

New York, N.Y. – December 15, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — Turner Construction Company, the nation’s largest general builder of education facilities, has been selected by Drexel University to manage construction of the Constantine Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building on the University’s main campus in Philadelphia, Pa. Upon completion in June 2011, the138,000 sq. ft. facility will house thirty-nine research and teaching laboratories for bio-medical engineering, biology and chemistry and a fossil preparation lab.

The $49.7 million integrated sciences building will also feature a five-story atrium and a biowall, the first of its kind at a United States university. The biowall will act as a natural air filter which removes volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and CO2 from the air as it passes through the wall. Air is actively forced through the wall of plants and highly specialized biological components actively degrade pollutants into water and carbon dioxide. The clean air is then distributed throughout the building.

“We are proud to continue our relationship with Drexel University and serve as the construction manager to deliver this energy-efficient education facility to benefit the students and faculty of this premier university,” said Michael J. Kuntz, Vice President and Regional General Manager of Turner’s Philadelphia operations.

The design is environmentally sensitive and will become Drexel’s first Silver LEED certified building from the United States Green Building Council.


Through Turner’s market segment groups, the company has a powerful resource of staff experience with years of proven industry specific expertise in costing, planning, building and delivery of projects that is unmatched in the industry.  This expertise combined with local market knowledge has made Turner the leader nationally, in many regions and cities as well as in a wide variety of segments including commercial offices, education, sports, hotels/motels, healthcare, pharmaceutical, multi-unit residential correctional and entertainment/public assembly.


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