Look out, University City: there's a new kid on campus. This morning, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for a new 212-key, 145,000 square-foot hotel on Drexel's campus, expected to be completed by fall 2016. And it's a beauty.
The Study at University City, developed and owned by hotel development company Hospitality 3 and operated by Study Hotels, is expected to be a boon to desperately under-served University City, whose few hotels book up yonks before graduation weekends or sporting events.
"University City is home to one of the world's great intellectual ecosystems in one of the most transit-accessible locations," says Drexel president John A. Fry. "What has been missing is an outstanding hotel for students and families, faculty, researchers, entrepreneurs and all visitors drawn to this unique place. We are very excited to partner with Hospitality 3 to bring the Study Hotels concept to our campus in West Philadelphia and to connect hotel operations to the community, through collaboration and civic engagement."
The 145,000-square-foot hotel will feature 212 rooms, approximately 7,000 square feet of banquet/meeting space, a 105-seat corner restaurant and bar and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
Hospitality 3 collaborated with Philadelphia-based architects DIGSAU to design The Study at University City with a focus on creating a modern architectural statement with strong precedence from the materiality of Philadelphia. "The building's massing and scale are attuned to the energy of this vibrant corner, and the selection and use of materials throughout draw connections to Philadelphia's diverse and defining architectural heritage," said Jeff Goldstein, Principal of DIGSAU.