Mitten Hall Feasibility Study
Temple University | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mitten Hall, built in 1931 and expanded in 1965, is one of the University’s most distinctive buildings and includes spaces such as the iconic Great Hall and the original basketball arena on its upper floor. After it was identified as a potential location for a new center that could serve as a resource for both current students and the school’s 300,000 alumni, VMA produced a feasibility study that outlined a framework for Mitten’s phased renovation. It proposed a space that creates an exciting destination for alumni, faculty, and students to share a friendly meal or drink, interview prospective employees, and attend events.
In addition to housing office space for Alumni Relations and Career Services, the building will also house a conference center, the faculty dining club, a 500-person capacity ballroom & roof terrace, and a casual pub. All functions are anchored by the Great Hall, envisioned as a grand lobby to serve as a central gathering spot for students, alumni, and visitors. The former third floor auditorium will be converted to a dedicated venue for special events, made possible by the creation of a five-story “Link” that would accommodate elevators, stairs, and support space.
Size: 98,000 sf
Budget: $39 million
Architecture, Interior Design, Historical Preservation