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P/SLA-MS: Where Higher Ed and the Innovation Economy Meet Public Education

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Virtual on Zoom




Join Betsy Stoel (Rogers Architects), Nancy Rogo Trainer (Drexel University), and Pete Cramer (Wexford Science + Technology) to hear about a creative but complicated public private partnership ten years in the making. Just completed, the building for the Powel Elementary and Science Leadership Academy Middle Schools (P/SLA-MS) -- an 87,000 square foot modern education facility -- is the result of a partnership between Drexel University and the School District of Philadelphia. The project, located at the seam between existing residential neighborhoods and the new uCity Square commercial district, offers opportunities to include students and their families as participants in this innovation community, physically and programmatically knitting K- 8 public education into a fabric that includes higher education, research, industry, and the broader community.


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Elizabeth Stoel, AIA LEED AP

Elizabeth Stoel, AIA, LEED AP, is an Associate Partner at ROGERS PARTNERS Architects + Urban Designers, where she leads many of the firm’s institutional and public projects. From buildings to master plans to landscapes, her work is woven together by a focus on creating meaningful interactions between design and the communities it serves. Recent projects include the new Powel Elementary / Science Leadership Academy Middle School in Philadelphia, the flagship clubhouse for the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club in Harlem, and the St. Pete Pier in St. Petersburg, FL. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Princeton University and her Master of Architecture from Harvard University. She has taught architecture, landscape, and design at Pratt, Parsons, New York Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Columbia University.

Nancy Rogo Trainer, FAIA, AICP

Nancy Rogo Trainer, FAIA, AICP, is University Architect and Associate Vice President for Facilities at Drexel University, where she leads design, construction, and space management. Prior to joining the University in 2013, she was a principal at Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, where she led architecture and campus planning projects for colleges and universities. She has been a member of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, Chair of the City’s Civic Design Review Committee, and an Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. She was chair of the American Institute of Architects’ 2021 College of Fellows Jury and is currently an adjunct professor in Drexel’s architecture program, where she most recently taught urban design to fourth year students.

Pete Cramer

Pete Cramer is Director of Development at Wexford Science + Technology where he actively manages the marketing, leasing, financing, operation and construction of uCity Square – Wexford’s project in the Philadelphia market. uCity Square is an 8.0 million square foot mixed-use development project located in West Philadelphia and University City from 34th to 38th along Market Street and north to Lancaster and Powelton Avenues. Specific buildings that Wexford manages include 3711 Market, 3737 Market, 3675 Market and 3401 Market. Currently, Pete is helping lead the development of nearly 1.4M SF of new space, valued at over $750M, and made up of five separate projects. Pete graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University. He is an active member and leader at the Urban Land Institute, currently co-chairing the chapter’s Investment Committee.