Recently, Temple University presented new details of its master plan that calls for a new library, an interdisciplinary science building, and a full city block of green space.
Signature elements of the Main Campus plan include the following:
- A state-of-the-art library at the core of campus on the current site of Barton Hall between Liacouras Walk and 13th Street. Library features are likely to include a robotic text-retrieval system, innovative spaces for interaction and collaboration, and a green roof.
- A massive central green space to provide Main Campus with its first-ever true academic quad. The green space would expand north from the current space commonly known as Beury Beach after the planned demolitions of Beury Hall and the Biology-Life Sciences Building.
- A new interdisciplinary science building—as or even more impressive than the recently openedScience Education and Research Center—anchoring the northeast corner of campus.
- An expansion of the College of Engineering in support of the university’s goals to increase academic space for instruction and research.
- A consolidated home forthe College of Public Health (formerly the College of Health Professions and Social Work), which is currently divided among several buildings.
- Renovation of existing buildings for more flexible, contemporary learning spaces, including the forthcoming$11.5 million renovation of Wachman Hall, future renovations of Ritter Hall and Ritter Annex, and a repurposing of Paley Library after the new library is built.
- Improvements to Temple’s main pedestrian thoroughfares, including Polett Walk.
The campus plan also features a variety of long-term residential life components, space to significantly enhance research capacity and promote collaboration, and suggestions to improve student and faculty life. The plan recommends phased implementation of various projects, some within the next five years and others over the next decade or longer.