Communications from the Executive Vice Dean

Information on Construction in Osler Plaza

04/25/22

Dear Colleagues,

We write to share some information on a significant project happening in Osler Plaza between BRB and CRB – construction of CHOP’s New Patient Tower, an important addition to our vibrant and integrated campus. The enabling work is well underway, and the construction of the tower is expected to begin in 2024.

Our facilities teams continue to work in close coordination with CHOP and the University to minimize noise, vibration, impact on traffic, and other potential disruptions. 

Of particular note, Osler Plaza is now closed to all pedestrian and vehicular traffic (please see here).  Accessing the area has changed:

For Pedestrians:

  • From Civic Center Blvd: the new Abramson (ARC) entrance (pictured below) is open to the public from 6am-6pm. No ID is required for access. The route to BRB will continue from ARC through a protected walkway adjacent to the bike racks and into BRB’s south entrance at Au Bon Pain. This route circulates through Au Bon Pain to the BRB lobby. The south entrance to BRB at Au Bon Pain is open to the public from 6:30am-6pm.
  • East and West Service Drives are open.
  • Both BRB and CRB are accessible from Curie Blvd. These entrances are fully ADA compliant.

For Motor Vehicles: East Service Drive is open.  It is the closest North/South route between Civic Center and Curie Blvds. An alternate route is University Avenue.

For Bicyclists:  The bike racks between ARC and BRB remain available with access from West Service Drive.  There are no changes to the bike racks in front of CRB and Blockley Hall.  

For LUCY Riders: please note the Osler Circle detour for the LUCY Green and Gold Loops – routes posted here.

If there are particular questions related to the CHOP New Patient Tower project, please contact our project liaison Shelley Einbinder.

Thank you,

Jon Epstein, Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer

and

Chris Masotti, Vice Dean of Finance and Operations

 

The new Abramson (ARC) entrance

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