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How Buildings See & Breathe: Gerri C. LeBow Hall, Drexel University – Philadelphia, PA

Niki Ververelli - Thursday, May 08, 2014

In the spring of 2013, before the walls went up and you could still see the elements of engineering, an in-depth look at Gerri C. LeBow Hall was given in the form of How Buildings See and Breathe. How Buildings See and Breathe was a tour and educational overview of the design and systems within Gerri C. LeBow Hall hosted by the Drexel University Office of Alumni Relations and sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Goodwin College of Professional Studies at Drexel University. John Ververelli and Gregory Hughel of Dimitri J. Ververelli, Inc. and Cameron Mactavish and Robert Piasecki from Voith and Mactavish Architects presented on the experience of putting such a structure together.

After a tour highlighting the different systems, elements of engineering and architecture and traversing through a proper construction zone, the group came together in the Paul Peck Alumni Center (another DJVI/VMA accomplishment!) for a presentation showcasing all that was just seen during the tour – making sense of just how this building works! The presentation highlighted the initial design process and just how both teams made the entire thing work. Finally, John & Cameron had the opportunity to remark on how special it is, as two alumni, to work together on such a phenomenal project.

The tour and lecture has come full circle, with several groups having since taken the same walkthrough (though, having to use more imagination to see through the drywall) and hearing about the science inside during the presentation.