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Temple University – New Library

New library, campus destination, showpiece

  • 220K

    Square Feet

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Designing an innovative, technology-rich, and dynamic library environment at Temple University

As part of a $1.2 billion capital improvement program for its Main Campus in North Philadelphia, Temple University commissioned us, as part of a joint venture with Snøhetta, to design its new library. Stantec’s responsibilities include architectural documentation, project management, and MEP/FP engineering services.

An innovative, technology-rich, dynamic environment, the new library will replace the existing 1960s facility, an old building that  no longer meets the needs of a modern and growing student population. With 220,000 square feet of space, it will accommodate the university's 2.5 million volume collection, numerous prestigious special collections, student study space, research space, and  staff areas. To encourage interaction among students and faculty, the bulding will house a 24-hour space, an expanded lobby, and a café. The stand-out feature, however, will be an automated storage retrieval system (ASRS) for storing the majority of the volumes in the collection.

Envisioned as Temple's most prominent structure on Polett Walk, the entrance to the new library will serve as a pedestrian gathering place with a transformational function and aesthetic. In addition to supporting its students, the building will strengthen the university's civic presence and communicate Temple's connection and commitment to the city and community. 

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Snohetta/Stantec a Joint Venture
Meet Our Team

Anton Germishuizen, Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Buildings

Design matters and with that comes a huge responsibility to drive innovative, creative, and relevant solutions.
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Scott Sullivan, Principal

I’m the nuts and bolts guy. I enjoy getting into the detail of how things work and, maybe more importantly, how they can work better.

Kristy Hollis, Senior Associate

Love what you do, and every day will be rewarding.

Paul Leonard, Principal

Successful engineering not only supports a client’s program goals but also lowers life cycle costs and fits within budget constraints.
  • Anton Germishuizen

    Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Buildings

  • Scott Sullivan


  • Kristy Hollis

    Senior Associate

  • Paul Leonard


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