The Summit at University City, Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Developed by American Campus Communities specifically for Drexel University students, this 278-foot tall, 25-story tower blends the principles of high-rise design with the unique needs of student residents. Efficient floor plans maximize views to the city and campus, and incorporate a variety of two- to four-bedroom apartments and suites.

The concrete structure features three wings in a U-shape, which drop off to two wings in a V-shape at the typical floors. The large, complex base of the building has multiple stepped levels for amenities, community, and retail space. The top of the building features a large cantilevered screenwall, sloping with a height difference of 20 feet from one end of the building to the other. The street level also includes an open dining area. A perimeter of sloped, exposed steel columns serve the dual purpose of carrying gravity loads and creating the lateral system for the tall, expansive dining space. This iconic dining pavilion and an engaging entry plaza make The Summit a new hub of student life within University City.

Size: 585,000 SF
Stories: 25
Architect: Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Developer: American Campus Communities