Drexel University plans to begin work Tuesday on a $16 million expansion of its Korman Center classroom building that also includes a new green space around the structure.

The project will include 9,000 square feet of lounges and other common space inside the nearly 60-year-old building near 33rd and Market Streets, Drexel said in a statement.

The public space adjoining the building, meanwhile, will be renamed Korman Quadrangle, with large trees and pathways installed on an expanded lawn, the university said. The project is funded in part by an $8 million gift from the Hyman Korman Family Foundation, it said.

Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2017.

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