Drexel Breaks Ground on Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building

Drexel University has broken ground for a new science building named for its late president.

The $70 million Constantine Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building at 33rd and Chestnut in Philadelphia is expected to be done in spring of 2011.

Drexel Provost Mark Greenberg says the university found several ways to memorialize the man who revolutionized the university, among other things, acquiring a medical school and starting a law school:

"There's a scholarship fund with his name on it. There's the science building which we hope will be a memorial that will last for many, many years and there's also an annual Greek series of plays or presentations in his honor."

Greenberg says students, faculty, and the trustees all agreed that the science building as a site for innovation and technology, which Dr. Papadakis loved, would be a fitting tribute.

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Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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