Drexel Square, the first part of a $3.5 billion Schuylkill Yards project opened yesterday, bringing 1.3 acres of green space to a former parking lot across from 30th Street Station.
The $14 million park, which has been two years in the making, includes a 12,00-square-foot elliptical lawn, 9,000 square feet of raised planted beds, 23 Redwood trees (reaching over 25 feet tall), seating, light poles, and security at night. It was designed by Shop Architects and West 8.
Brandywine Realty Trust, the group behind the Schuylkill Yards project, used the opening to share some photos of the new space, discuss the future of the transformative development, and share renderings of the upcoming Bulletin Building project next door.
The park sits next to the Bulletin Building, which Brandywine Realty Trust started construction on this month, looking to renovate it into a “a high-performing work environment,” as one of the next phases of the Schuylkill Yards project. The $43 million project will bring 200,000 square feet of office space and 50,000 square feet of lab space to the building by 2020, according to a statement from Brandywine Monday.
Following the opening of the Bulletin Building next year, the group will startwork on two new construction towers with offices, retail, and residences at 3001 and 3025 JFK Boulevard.