The once shady Liacouras Walk is currently the epicenter of construction on Main Campus. Ongoing demolition of Barton Hall is expected to be completed in December. Until then, you may want to cover your ears while walking through the heart of campus.
Barton was the original Science and Technology building. It is now being torn down to make way for highly the anticipated state-of-the-art library. The 200,000 to 300,000-square-foot library is estimated to be completed in 2018. The area surrounding the building will be turned into a new green space that will be the largest in Main Campus history. Step aside Beury Beach, Temple’s getting a new hangout area, this one will take up a whole city block expanding from Paley up to Tyler School of Art.
You may find yourself dodging a few orange cones on your way to class. The landscape work in front of the Library-to-be is scheduled to be complete by the end of September. Renovations will include a new beautified area, complete with more social space, permeable pavers to soak up rain water and a shortcut to Wachman Hall. In the meantime, here’s a map of the site to help you navigate through the renovation jungle.
Barton is one of the many construction projects that falls under the Visualize Temple Master Plan. The design is by Snøhetta, an architectural firm known for its innovative library designs such as the Hunt Library in North Carolina State University and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, located near the University of Alexandria. Snøhetta is in partnership with Philadelphia-based design firm Stantec.
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