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    September 7, 2006
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New Ambler Learning Center opens to students

Ambler Learning Center
Photos by James Duffy

When the fall semester began Aug. 28, students at Temple University Ambler entered a completely new, state-of-the-art facility.

The new $18 million, 72,000-square-foot building includes 11 multimedia classrooms, seven computer teaching laboratories, a distance-learning facility, fully integrated technology including wireless access throughout the building, a math-science-writing tutorial center, two art studios, a cyber café and a 300-seat auditorium.

“The Learning Center is our largest, most prominent building and very likely will become the central point of the campus,” said Ambler Dean James W. Hilty.

According to Susan Hyer, associate director of Computer Services at Temple University Ambler, the Learning Center adds 385 new computers to the campus.

 “The building fosters a truly progressive, interactive learning environment,” she said. “This building’s technological ‘wow’ factors will lead to greater learning opportunities for students and better prepare them for the workplace.”

Ambler Learning Center

Ambler was once home to the Temple University Music Festival and Institute. The new auditorium will provide a new venue to offer educational and cultural activities for students, faculty, and the surrounding community.

Learning Center facilities

Shifting the central focus of the campus, the Ambler Learning Center will provide greater learning opportunities for students and provide an innovative site for educational and community events.

Ambler Learning Center

The Learning Center is equipped with 385 computers, fully integrated multimedia technology, and wireless access throughout the building.

First Floor

  • 300-seat auditorium/smart lecture hall
  • 90-seat all-purpose technology facility — the Ambler Campus Technology (ACT) Center — with software applications serving all Temple curricula
  • Writing-Math-Science Tutorial Center with computer lab
  • Faculty Instructional Support Center
  • Two studios for painting and drawing/drafting
  • Student breakout room
  • Café
  • Student lounges


Second Floor

  • Three PC computer classrooms (25–30 seats each)
  • One Mac computer classroom (25 seats)
  • Five smart classrooms (30–50 seats each)
  • Student lounges

Third Floor

  • Three PC computer classrooms (30/40-seat rooms)
  • Six smart classrooms (30-50 seat rooms)
  • Student lounges

James Duffy




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