About Strada

Strada means “street” in Italian. Streets matter to us. They’re the fundamental infrastructure of our cities and the core of our civic lives. They’re the connections between buildings, people, and public spaces. This is why we’re so inspired by them and it’s a shared commitment to these values that brought our principals together. Just as people mingle on city streets, our office is a place where we freely exchange ideas, challenging and inspiring one another to create exceptional work.

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Strada Elevates Five Stradistas!


The future is bright at Strada. The firm is committed to turning visions to reality and helping to shape new places across the nation.



Pittsburgh Studio

611 William Penn Place
Suite 700
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

p: 412.263.3800
f: 412.471.5704

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Philadelphia Studio

325 Chestnut Street
Suite 909
Philadelphia, PA 19106

p: 215.440.0190
f: 215.440.0197

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Triangle Studio

1011 South Hamilton Rd
Suite 201
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

p: 919.521.8022

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A makeover for a 1960s campus institution

About this project

Drexel’s School of Public Health has skyrocketed in popularity and stature in the last several years. With its meteoric rise came the need to unify the program under one roof and create a cohesive identity for the School. Until recently, classes were held scattershot throughout separate buildings on Drexel’s Center City campus.

Enter Nesbitt Hall, a quintessential 1960s academic building, anchoring the center of the University’s main campus. Drexel challenged Strada to transform Nesbitt Hall, which had become functionally obsolete, into a contemporary learning environment that would immerse grads and undergrads in hands-on, community-based research and education.

Through an extensive renovation, the seven-story, 78,000-SF building morphed into a flexible, creative, collegial hub that buzzes with activity. The design opened up the building to create brightly lit spaces and inviting nooks scattered throughout for students to gather and study.

Facilities include instructional computer laboratories, large innovative research spaces, and an environmental and industrial hygiene laboratory. To encourage interaction and collaboration, there are numerous open seating areas, conference spaces, and student lounges along with two unique “idea labs.” In addition, the building was completely retrofitted to improve energy efficiency through the installation of new high-efficiency HVAC systems, new windows, and continuous perimeter insulation.

“If I had another project to work on, I would use the same team all the way around, from Strada and INTECH to our in-house group. It is a pleasure coming in here every day.”

– Perry W. McFarland, MBA, Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, School of Public Health

School of Public Health

Drexel University

Center for Science and Technology

La Salle University