The renovation and addition of Pearson and McGonigle Halls serves as a highly visible symbol of Temple University’s plans to energize Broad Street, a main campus thoroughfare.
The project joined two adjacent sports and recreation facilities and transformed their concrete facades with vibrant expanses of glass wrapping the front of both buildings. 140,000 sf was added to the buildings’ existing 225,000 sf, which was partially renovated. Designers developed a creative solution to the site’s urban constraints: a two-story upper level constructed across the top of the two buildings.
This new level provides regulation practice courts for both Temple’s men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as locker rooms, sports medicine center, weight room, athletic office suite, team room, and Sports Hall of Fame. Also included on this floor is a four-court gymnasium for recreational use, a Campus Recreation office suite and multi-purpose rooms.
A new three-story atrium lobby connects the two buildings and contains a large café and lounge, academic advising space and control desk. A two-story horizontal glass arcade links to the atrium and includes a 26-foot climbing wall with bouldering area, retail shops and 2,200 sf fitness mezzanine. The glass arcade runs along Broad Street, showcasing the energy and amenities within.