Drexel University College of Media Arts and Design

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Architect: Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle

O'Donnell & Naccarato is providing ongoing structural engineering services for the adaptive reuse of the iconic Venturi, Scott Brown-designed "Decorated Shed" building, Drexel University's new home for their Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. The rejuvenated, 145,917 SF building will provide more useable space with the addition of 2 new stories inserted within the interior of the building. The new floors will not dramatically increase the structure's lateral load or modify the building's beloved exterior.

Drexel University’s departments of fashion and product design, merchandising, interior design, architecture, as well as programs in digital media and entertainment and arts management will inhabit the revitalized space, which was designed in accordance with Green Globes sustainable design strategies.