Philadelphia's Drexel University Opens New Science Building

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Turner Construction Company, the nation’s leading general builder, participated in the ceremony that marked the grand opening of its recently-completed Constantine N. Papadakis Integrated Science Building for Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA on September 20, 2011.

One of Drexel University’s most ambitious construction projects, the scope of work included construction of a 150,000 square foot building to house 39 research and teaching laboratories, classrooms, lecture halls, a 230-seat auditorium, and collaborative spaces. The Science Building’s central feature is a five-story biowall in the central atrium that serves as a living air filter and is the first of its kind in an American university building. Air is drawn through the roots of the plant, which remove particulates and volatile compounds. The building incorporates many other Green features and is expected to be Drexel’s first LEED-certified building.

“We are proud of our relationship with Drexel University and pleased we could work with Drexel University to achieve their goal of constructing a landmark Green building,” said Jeffrey A. Klinger, Vice President General Manager of Turner’s Philadelphia operations.

About Turner

Turner is the leading general builder in the U.S., ranking first or second in the major segments of the building construction field. Turner annually completes $8 billion of construction. Founded in 1902, the firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, a publicly traded company and one of the world’s leading international construction service providers. For more information, visit Turner’s website at

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