Nesbitt Hall was renovated to provide space for the offices of the School of Public Health. The first phase included the renovation of the second to seventh floors. Floors two through six are generally an identical floor plan. Each floor consists of offices for Drexel faculty, staff, business, research and academic advisors, as well as student collaboration areas, open offices for overflow purposes, and student support. Newly designed lab areas are located on the seventh floor of the building, including an Industrial Hygiene Wet Lab, a Research Lab and five Lab Write-Up rooms for students.
The basement area includes all new mechanical systems, including a refurbished air handling unit which provides conditioning for the first floor Lecture Halls. All new mechanical systems are extended from the basement up to the penthouse floor. The penthouse floor houses all new mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment to support the phase one renovations. The lab areas also include all new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems independent of the central systems. Both labs operate on their own air handler unit and also include vacuum, air and gas systems. The project used a Design/Build delivery methodology.
The second phase, which included the renovation of the first floor lobby, started in the Spring of 2014 and was completed in the Summer of 2014. This space consists of the main entrance lobby to Nesbitt Hall for staff, students and faculty. All existing finishes of the first floor were removed during the demolition phase, except for the two existing Lecture Halls, which were scheduled to remain in operation during construction. The design of the first floor included a new classroom/computer area for students, a renovated lobby, an updated study hall, and new public restrooms.