Mitten Hall Feasibility Study
Temple University | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Built in 1931 and expanded in 1965, Mitten Hall is an iconic building at Temple University that includes spaces such as the iconic Great Hall as well as the original basketball arena. Temple University commissioned a study to explore how the building might function as the location for a new center that could serve both current students and the school’s 300,000 alumni.
VMA proposed a framework for a phased renovation to convert the building into 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 and 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. A former third floor auditorium will become a dedicated venue for special events, made possible by 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