Morning Headlines: Temple to Construct Massive Library and Common Green Space

Groundbreaking is expected in late 2015.

Among the projects included in Temple University’s master plan for its main campus is a library, a massive 210,000-square-foot structure that will include a green roof and outdoor balcony. Temple Director of Communications Hillel Hoffmann says it will be the university’s “new centerpiece.”

Indeed, the building is being designed by Snøhetta, “an architectural firm renowned for its innovative library designs,” and Philly-based Stantec.

Money-wise, the school is to get funding from two sources. According to the Inquirer’s Susan Snyder, both Temple and the state will contribute to the library’s construction:

Construction on the library, which will be funded with $140 million in state aid and $50 million in university funds, will begin late next year and conclude in 2018, the university said.

The library will be bounded by Polett Walk to the south, Liacouras Walk to the west, Norris Street to the north and a new large green space planned for the east.

The new construction will replace Paley Library, which is set to become the school’s welcome center.

New library will redefine Temple campus and academic experiences [Temple News Center]

Temple unveils plans for block-long library [Inquirer]

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