Drexel University

Fox Historical Costume Collection

The Westphal College at Drexel University owns a priceless collection of costumes from previous centuries. They had minimal storage and showing locations. This project provided the costume collection with almost 60% more storage capacity, a classroom/study location, and a gallery to display costumes in a museum-like showroom.

A large portion of the project was the HVAC system, which was self-contained, and required a complex conditioning system to keep the costumes preserved in the space, complete with humidifying, dehumidifying, local VAV’s, redundant AHUs inside the space, a new drycooler, and new chilled water loop.


Location: Philadelphia, PA  Architect: Atkin Olshin Shade

Size: 9,795 square feet  Completion: June 2018