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    NOVEMBER 11, 2004
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Temple Ambler breaks ground on
high-tech Learning Center

Breaking ground on the new Learning Center Nov. 9 were (L-R) Temple President David Adamany; Janet Klein, Ambler Campus Board of Visitors member; Ambler Campus Dean Sophia Wisniewska; Michael Williams, Temple Board of Trustees member; Phil Albright, Board of Visitors member; Ambler Campus sophomore Corrie Torres; Ambler Campus senior Lido Paglia; and Joe McMahon, Board of Visitors member.


Temple broke ground on a $17 million Learning Center at the Ambler Campus on Tuesday, Nov. 9, the first major construction project at the campus since 1983.

“The University is committed to providing the best possible educational experience for our students at every campus,” said President David Adamany, who presided over the ceremony.

“The Ambler Learning Center will be a world-class teaching facility and a central hub for campus life for students and faculty. It will also provide exceptional opportunities for the community to enjoy what the campus has to offer.”

The Learning Center, funded predominantly by the state of Pennsylvania, will include 10 “smart” classrooms, fully integrated technology with wireless access throughout the building, and a 300-seat auditorium. There also will be a math and writing center, videoconferencing classroom and student lounges, as well as a visual arts studio that will include an art education classroom.

“This new building will be a focal point for state-of-the-art teaching technology and will provide new instructional space for use by many academic departments,” Ambler College Dean Sophia Wisniewska said. “We also are looking forward to having a new facility that will serve a wide variety of purposes.”

Among the various uses for the new building is a Scholars Information Center, a computer resource center where students can do homework, study, send e-mail and work on school projects; and an Instructional Support Center for faculty and staff to receive training on computer software and other support services.

Artist's rendering

The 72,000-square-foot Learning Center will be located between the Dining Center and the Library and Computing Centers Building. Construction is set to begin before the end of year, and is expected to be completed in spring 2006.

The 300-seat auditorium will be the first structure built on campus with the performing arts specifically in mind since the Temple University Music Festival and Institute — which once drew thousands to the Ambler Campus — closed in 1980.

Having a new auditorium, which includes an 800-square-foot stage, will be a welcome change for the campus, according to Wanda Lewis-Campbell, assistant dean for student life.

“For many years now, the only location where we have been able to host guest speakers, musical performances, theater productions and other similar events has been Bright Hall Lounge,” she said. “Our students are extremely excited about the prospect of having a modern facility, with proper lighting and sound system, in which to enjoy these presentations.

Depending on scheduling and availability, the surrounding community may make use of the facility for speakers and events as well.”

- By James Duffy