Students returning to Temple University this fall will see more than few upgrades to their favorite main campus spaces.
While construction on the new library will continue until the Spring of 2019, many of the cosmetic and structural upgrades are set to open as students head to their first day of classes.
Founder’s Garden has received a complete makeover, including the removal of trees, new landscaping, new pavers, benches, and a large Temple T in the middle. A new owl has also been installed in Alumni Circle, but the university has assured students via social media the beloved Red Owl won’t be going away permanently; it will receive a new home inside Founder’s Garden.
The Bell Tower will also see continued landscaping and cosmetic renovations in the upcoming weeks. Announced in the spring as a phase of the Verdant Temple project, the Bell Tower is set to be dedicated in honor of trustee H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest upon completion. The bells were cleaned and reinstalled this summer, and will ring each day on the hour.
The Howard Gittis Student Center is set to reopen on August 28 with a brand new food court, provides new dining options such as Saladworks and Chick-fil-A. The atrium, which has been closed during the summer sessions, has already reopened with new furniture and brand new flooring.
The brand new student recreation facility, or the STAR (Student Training and Recreation) Complex is set to open its doors to students on the first day of the semester, providing brand new classroom space for the College of Public Health.
One of the changes that will continue to develop include the expansion of the Fox School of Business. The expansion project, which was announced in late June, will include a skywalk that will connect Speakman Hall with 1810 Liacouras Walk.
As of now, there are no definitive plans for the space that will become available after Peabody Hall is torn down during winter break.
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