Drexel University’s newest epicenter of innovation and discovery has opened its doors, and the debut of the Center for Functional Fabrics and the Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center was anything but “soft.”

University administrators, trustees, faculty and friends of the Center, as well as Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, representatives from the administration of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and the Department of Defense’s Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy attended the opening ceremony on Sept. 25 for the 10,000-square-foot, $7 million research and development space. Located at 3101 Market Street in a building once used for city archives,  the state-of-the-art center is a joint endeavor funded by federal and state government organizations to support the creation and advanced manufacturing of innovative textile technology.

“This is a place to engage, collaborate and lead innovation in the field of advanced manufacturing of functional fabrics,” said President John Fry at the event. “Ten thousand feet in the heart of our campus, it demonstrates the larger vision that our University has for University City. It’s located in Schuylkill Yards, an innovation district where researchers and startups and companies are coming together to create and grow Philadelphia’s economy. Read More