Tuesday, Oct. 1 | 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Please meet at 12:30 p.m. on the 100 Level near Room 119, tours will depart promptly at 12:45 p.m. All tours are US$12/person. Comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes are recommended. Conference badges are required for admission. Some tours do not allow cameras.
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Philadelphia City Hall
The largest municipal building in the U.S., Philadelphia City Hall contains more than 14.5 acres of floor space. It is an architectural treasure inside and out. The public rooms are among the most lavish in the city; and the City Council Chamber, Mayor’s Reception Room, Conversation Hall and Supreme Court Room are the most ornate. The building’s exterior features sculpture representing the seasons and continents, as well as allegorical figures, heads and masks. The sculpture was designed by Alexander Milne Calder, including the 27-ton statue of William Penn atop the tower. The observation deck, which is open to the public, provides a panoramic view of the city.
Please Note: The tower portion of the tour is not handicap accessible.
Lincoln Financial Field
Located on a 43-acre site in South Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field is the home of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Temple Owls football teams. Since opening in 2003, the stadium has hosted a number of special events annually. Recently, the Philadelphia Eagles entered into a partnership with NRG, one of the country’s largest power generation and retail electricity businesses. In 2012, NRG designed, constructed and is now operating a unique, integrated sustainable energy solution. NRG’s design includes solar panels and vertical axis wind turbines. Upon completion in 2013, Lincoln Financial Field will be one of the greenest stadiums in the world. The facility tour includes a stadium tour and a Q&A session with members of the facility team.
Directly across from Philadelphia City Hall, the Masonic Temple is the home of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. The bold and elaborate elevations of Norman architecture, especially the beautiful Norman portico of Quincy granite, make it one of the city’s great architectural wonders. Built in 1873, the current building now houses the Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania. The library contains the most extensive collection of Masonic literature in America; and the museum houses a diversified collection of Masonic treasures that is unequaled.
Temple University Architecture & Arts Facilities
Tour three new arts facilities on the Temple University campus, featuring the latest technology to support a 21st century vision of art education. Light refreshments will follow the tour.
- Opened in 2012, the Architecture Building is home to the Facility Management, Architecture and Preservation programs. It is the first building constructed under the Temple University 2020 Campus Plan, and the first to be put forward for LEED certification. The tour will include discussions on the sustainable design features, as well as visits to the Facility Management Lab, Architecture studios and equipment.
- The Tyler School of Art Building, opened in 2008, includes 21st century work space, and is considered one of the leading arts education facilities in the U.S. Attendees will tour the studios, departmental work spaces and view state-of-the-art equipment for crafts and fine arts.
- The Temple Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is housed in the Baptist Temple, a historic landmark that has been repurposed as the primary campus performance space. The tour will feature Lew Klein Hall and its impressive acoustic cloud, and the repurposed Chapel of Four Chaplains. Engage in discussions on the reuse of historical features and the innovative structural design of the facility.
The Navy Yard EEB HUB
In 2004, The Navy Yard unveiled a master plan, prepared by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and a team of real estate, development, planning and design professionals. The plan detailed a new, comprehensive vision for The Navy Yard, including specific recommendations for adding more than 12 million square feet of new construction and historic renovation supporting office, R&D, industrial and residential development, complemented by commercial retail amenities, dynamic open spaces and expanded mass transit. At full build, The Navy Yard will support more than 20,000 employees and US$2+ billion in private investment. With this plan as a guide, The Navy Yard has experienced a tremendous amount of development in a short period of time.
University of Penn Nanotechnology Building
The result of a US$20 million gift from Penn Engineering Alumnus Dr. Krishna P. Singh (GME’69, GR’72), this new facility will make Penn a leader in the field of nanotechnology. The largest single gift in the history of the School of Engineering and Applied Science will create the Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology, a planned 100,000 square foot facility that will serve not only the Penn campus, but the entire Philadelphia region. It will function as a crossroads of multi-disciplinary fundamental and translational research, education and innovation.