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Temple University Builds State-of-the-Art Library To Serve As Centerpiece of Campus
Temple University began construction on a new library that will serve as the centerpiece of their main campus. It will be named Charles Library after alumnus and university trustee, Steve Charles. Charles donated $10,000,000 to the development of this project, one of the largest individual contributions in Temple University’s history. Once the build is complete, the remaining funds will be invested in an endowment that will be used over time to maintain and enhance all libraries on Temple’s campuses.
Published On: Thursday, March 14, 2019

AUTHORED BY: PIERCE KEATING, JR., EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, DANIEL J. KEATING COMPANY

Temple University began construction on a new library that will serve as the centerpiece of their main campus. It will be named Charles Library after alumnus and university trustee, Steve Charles. Charles donated $10,000,000 to the development of this project, one of the largest individual contributions in Temple University’s history. Once the build is complete, the remaining funds will be invested in an endowment that will be used over time to maintain and enhance all libraries on Temple’s campuses.

Much of the library’s design called for expert woodwork. To meet this demand, general contractor, Daniel J. Keating Company, enlisted the assistance of sub-contractor, Thomas Building Group, and the union carpenters of Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Local 158. Together, they laid 90% of the wood found within the interior and exterior of Charles Library.

The library was designed to attract attention from the inside out. When walking up to the entrance, visitors will be greeted by a swooping wooden archway. The interior boasts the same intricate woodwork on its walls, ceilings, and in the artistic structures scattered throughout the library. The builders also kept the environment in mind. Charles Library will be completely sustainable with a stormwater management system and a green roof, which will be one of the largest in the state to date.

A true 21st century building, the library will also have several advanced technological features. One of which includes a 3-story, automated storage & book retrieval system that’s integral to maintaining the open floor plan of the library. Charles Library will also offer an innovation facility and high-performance computation systems that will allow students and faculty to work more collaboratively with one another.

Steve Charles contributes his present-day success to the various business and communication classes he took during his time at Temple. Charles envisioned a library that will serve as a central hub where students can collaborate and work together, regardless of major. This new, innovative library is set to open in May of 2019.


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