Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB)

Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB)

Chicago, IL | San Francisco, CA


Drexel University, The Summit at University City

Developed in partnership with Drexel University and American Campus Communities, this 1,315-bed, 24 story tower blends the principles of high-rise design with the unique needs of student residents. SCB drew from the firm’s extensive experience in the high-rise residential market to design efficient floor plans that maximize views to the city and campus and incorporate a variety of 2-4 bedroom apartment and suite style units. The building responds to the character of the adjacent Powelton Village neighborhood with a low-rise retail storefront base that enhances the pedestrian experience on Lancaster Avenue, while rising to a tower in relation to the higher density University City towards campus.

The design team sought to activate the ground level of the building, emphasizing community spaces including a lobby lounge connected to a Starbucks, recreation and fitness center, theatre, cyber lounge, group study rooms, and business and mail center.

As an addition to both the university campus and the greater University City neighborhood, ACC and Drexel recognized that the building should provide amenities to students and members of the broader community alike. To address that need, the building offers Urban Eatery, a full service dining facility that is open to the public. Urban Eatery features a variety of dining options including numerous themed eateries and a late night grab and go café. With the iconic dining pavilion and an engaging entry plaza, The Summit is a new hub of student life within University City.

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Status: Built
Location: Philadelphia, PA, US
Firm Role: Architect and Interior Design