Temple University to Break Ground on $100 M Tech Center

Temple University’s main campus in Philadelphia is set to expand with a new 250,000-square-foot Science, Education and Research Center (SERC) to provide more space and advanced technology for university students and research personnel alike.

Temple University’s main campus in Philadelphia is set to expand with a new 250,000-square-foot Science, Education and Research Center (SERC) to provide more space and advanced technology for university students and research personnel alike.

Scheduled to break ground this month under plans jointly designed by Somerville, NJ-based USA Architects, ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge and Brinjac Engineering, the new research center is part of Temple 20/20, a $1.2 billion ambitious plan to transform the university’s main campus into a state-of-the-art living and learning environment.

The new structure, located at 12th Street and Polett Walk and completely funded by a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania grant of around $100 million, will be six stories tall and will take two years to complete, according to Citybizlist. Two large lecture halls, exhibitions space and lounge areas will occupy the building’s first floor. The second floor will include teaching labs, seminar and conference rooms, as well as storage spaces.

A two-story atrium space with a large curtain wall system on the first floor will serve as a link between the existing College of Engineering and the College of Science and Technology building and the new SERC building. The center’s upper floors will feature research and teaching lab space, while the basement will accommodate specialized, vibration sensitive imaging and characterization equipment.

Rendering courtesy of Temple University website