CONTRIBUTED BY BRIEN COGHLAN
On July 3rd, 2017, Curbed Philadelphia made an early report on the new addition that Temple’s Fox Business school plans to make to its primary facility, Alter Hall. The Fox program is planning to expand across the street to 1810 Liacouras Walk, adding roughly 70,000 square feet of space to the school. In addition to new state-of-the-art facilities, there will be a glass skywalk connecting the addition to the existing Speakman Hall. Speakman is the home of resources for Fox Business students, as well as Temple’s school of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management.
Renovations began August 2017. The skywalk required approval from the Architecture Committee, Historical Committee, and Board of Trustees at Temple. 1810 Liacouras walk is a part of the Park Avenue Historic District due to the significance of its Townhomes which were built in the 1920s. Since then, many have been renovated in order to cater to Temple’s growing student body. Additionally, approval for the project was predicated on the $50-Million budget needed to develop the skybridge.
The first floor of the expansion will be the primary home of Fox’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI). For students of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, the new facility will provide a space for collaboration on creative business ideas. Additional classroom and atrium space will serve the Fox student body. According to the Fox School of Business Newsroom, many Fox departments like the Online & Digital Learning Team, Business Communication Center, and Department of Statistical Science will find new homes as a result of the renovations.
Much of the funding for the project came from donor and University support. This was largely supported by the previous national rankings Temple had secured for its online business programs. Despite a recent scandal which unveiled falsified data reports as the cause of Temple’s high-ranking Online MBA programs, the project has been scheduled for completion this fall semester. Despite setbacks in timing, Fox hopes to complete the renovations in time to for 2018’s centennial celebration at the business school.