Construction to Start on New Student Health and Wellness Center

First a new library, and now a new Student Health and Wellness Center. Temple’s campus is expanding once again.

Temple University announced today that they will break ground for this new project later this month. The center, located on 15th and Montgomery, will serve as as both an athletic and academic facility.

The academic portion of the center is aimed to serve graduate students in the College of Public Health. Students mainly focusing on occupational or physical therapy will be able to take advantage of clinical training programs, which will be taught in new, accessible and technologically advanced laboratory spaces.

Artist rendering of new Student Health and Wellness Center

Dean Laura A. Siminoff says she especially likes the fact that the Health and Wellness Center will be equipped with an apartment suite. “The addition of an apartment suite…will allow the college to fully prepare our student to understand the complexities and accommodations needed to assist individuals with disabilities and the elderly to live independently,” she said.

The recreation area, which is separate from the academic portion, will double the amount of free-weight space at Temple. A 70-yard turf, which will be available to all 36 club and 10 intramural sports. “…is something we as a department and our students athletes have certainly wanted,” said Director of Athletics Patrick Kraft. The center will also feature a climbing wall and juice bar. In addition to indoor amenities, an outdoor track will be built and accessible to both students and to the public.  

Moody Nolan, an Ohio based architecture firm, designed the facility. The firm designed buildings at many other colleges throughout the country and says the center piece of their design is an angled main entrance and a two and a half story glass atrium.

“This dynamic, multipurpose facility…enhances the overall student experience at Temple and addresses important needs identified in our Visualize Temple plan,” says President Neil D. Theobald. Visualize Temple is the University’s plan to keep it as Philadelphia’s leading public research university.

The Student Health and Wellness Center is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2017.

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