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New Residence Hall Moves Forward as Site Demolition Begins

By Brian Kirschner

Demolition UnderwwayUSciences’ new residence hall took another step forward with the start of the exterior demolition of the former Alexander Wilson School. Demolition is expected to continue through August 2017. There will not be explosions nor implosions but rather a slower de-construction process to take the building down in a safe and methodical fashion.

When the demolition process is completed, additional fencing will go up along Woodland Avenue. The University and Clemens Construction have requested the City of Philadelphia to maintain pedestrian access along Woodland Avenue for the convenience of our neighbors and local businesses, but have yet to receive word from the City if the request is approved.

New Residence HallFor more information about the first-year residence hall project, click here. Watch the progress via a live a webcam that refreshes an image of the site every five minutes.

The University plans to hold a groundbreaking for the new residence hall in September, and the project remains on track for completion in the winter of the 2018-19 academic year.

As the project moves forward questions or concerns can be shared with USciences Capital Construction Manager Craig Washington at 215-596-7384 or

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