Temple University Tyler School of Art

Philadelphia, PA
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This state-of-the-art facility for the instruction of fine arts is three stories of steel structure on spread footings with strip windows and masonry walls, and features terrazzo flooring in the main lobby. Energy-efficient construction techniques were employed for the walls, roof, and windows. The building provides instructional and creative studios and labs, ground floor galleries, workshops, 8,000 SF of exhibition space, and administrative and faculty offices.

The facility boasts the most advanced visual arts facilities in the region and functions as a world-class exhibition space and educational tool. The building also features spaces for innovative large-scale and installation pieces, a central media output center, shared computer labs, computer-integrated classroom spaces, and comfortable cafes and lounges. In addition, the courtyard provides one of the largest green spaces on Temple University’s Main Campus.

The building itself is distributed over four floors, with the “heavy” studios – those that require fork lift access and more industrial applications such as ceramics, glass, and sculpture – located on the first floor, and the “lighter” studios – those such as fibers and printmaking – on the second floor. The scope of work included laboratory metal casework and new and relocated furniture, fixtures, and equipment. The scope also involved tieing into the existing loop of a 6,000-ton chiller and installing a 1,500-ton chiller to supplement the additional cooling requirements.

Environmental Remediation
Temple University
Carlos Jimenez Studio
H2L2 Architects
Planners LLP, a JV
255,000 SF
Completion Date
December 2008
Photo Credit
Hester and Hardoway