Mitchell & Hilarie Morgan Hall, Temple University

In 2008, Temple University commissioned a sweeping master plan to help transform the institution into a community-engaged, pedestrian-oriented academic and cultural destination in Philadelphia. Called the Temple 20/20 Masterplan, the visionary plan identified a number of lynchpin projects that would increase student housing options and enhance campus life, adding new connections to the surrounding city. Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Hall, a full city block of residential and dining facilities for 1,275 students, was one of the first to be built. The $215 million new complex at North Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, its costs offset by income from a multi-year plan for room, board and retail rental, meets Temple’s need for increased on-campus housing and serves as a dramatic southern gateway to Main Campus. Designed by MGA Partners—the architecture-and-planning firm that with landscape architect OLIN led the Temple 20/20 Masterplan—Morgan Hall is a significant new development not only for Temple but also for the city of Philadelphia. Located at the southern edge of Temple’s campus, the new buildings announce the institution along the main approach from Center City. From the north, it also serves as the culmination of the campus pedestrian spine, Liacouras Walk. Morgan Hall comprises three buildings surrounding an elevated, 45,000-square-foot terrace with extensive landscaping and green space. The high-rise tower (Morgan Hall North) includes 24 floors of residential space, while the adjacent midrise structure (Morgan Hall South) rises to 8 residential floors offering generous views of the campus, Center City, and the plush green terrace, in addition to providing extensive natural light into all interior spaces of the buildings. Physical Description Full city block Residential high-rise, 27 stories; 280,000 sf Residential mid-rise, 10 stories; 260,000 sf Dining and Retail pavilion, 3 stories; 53,000 sf Terrace, 45,000 sf Garage, 40,000 sf 1,275 student beds


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1601 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19122, United States

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  • MGA Partners Architects