Philadelphia City Council recently voted in favor of giving Chestnut Street from 31st Street to 33rd Street a new name: Papadakis Place, in honor of Drexel University’s late president Constantine “Taki” Papadakis. Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell made the announcement as she read a resolution from the city at the opening of the University’s new Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building on Tuesday, September 19. The resolution also lists many of Papadakis’ accomplishments.
Located at the corner of 33rd and Chestnut Streets, the five-story, 130,000-square-foot building houses 39 research and teaching laboratories for biomedical engineering, biology and chemistry and a fossil preparation lab.
LeBow College Dean George P. Tsetsekos was in attendance at the opening. “I think this is a great honor for Taki,” Tsetsekos says. “He took so much pride in Drexel University, and to see this amazing new building bearing his name is a fitting tribute to him.” The new LeBow College Building, which will be completed by 2014, will be located diagonally across the Quad from the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building.
The event also featured the unveiling of a portrait of Dr. Papadakis in the building’s lobby. Several news organizations covered the opening, including Philly magazine, which posted several photos of the event on its website.
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