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The Chestnut at University City & The Penn/Drexel Newman Center Wins ULI 2023 Excellence Award
Publication Date
July 31st 2023

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) announces The Chestnut at University City and The Penn/Drexel Newman Center as the Large Scale category winner for the 2023 Awards for Excellence. The project was one of 13 finalists selected by a national jury of ULI members who evaluated a record number of applications.


Urban Engineers provided land surveying, geotechnical, and site/land development engineering design services, including stormwater management and infrastructure design guidelines to meet city requirements. Urban also conducted a Traffic Impact Assessment.


The project is a series of adjacent institutionally owned parcels and buildings at the heart of Philadelphia’s University City to create the new Penn/Drexel Newman Center and The Chestnut at University City. The 1.36-acre complex project involved a unity-of-use site redevelopment that redefined the buildings and open spaces.


The project is the product of an institutional/private partnership between the multi-pronged institutional entities: the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Parish of St. Agatha and St. James, and the private developer, EQT Exeter.


To learn more about the project and the awards program, click here.